‘Segway Jeremy’ sentenced to two years of supervised release

Segway Jeremy
Sketch of Ryan in federal court in Madison in August 2019.
Sketch artist: Jim McKiernan

MADISON, Wis. — ‘Segway Jeremy’ was sentenced Wednesday to two years of supervised release after pleading guilty to one federal count of receiving a nuclear material.

According to a Department of Justice spokesperson, Jeremy Joseph Ryan pleaded guilty to attempting to receive and possess any nuclear material or nuclear byproduct material that was likely to cause the death or serious bodily injury to any person.

The spokesperson said Ryan, 31, had been in custody since his arrest in August 2018 and was sentenced Wednesday to time served and two years of supervised release.

Ryan, a political activist, entered his guilty plea last month, about 10 days before he was supposed to stand trial.

He is known to many as “Segway Jeremy” for riding a Segway scooter at state Capitol rallies. He was arrested in October 2018 after picking up a package that he thought he bought on the dark web, but actually purchased from an undercover FBI agent.