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Jenkens sentenced on weapons charges


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- A Stratford man will spend nearly five and a half years in prison for selling guns, homemade hand grenades, and a silencer. One of the guns was stolen, and the silencer was used in a Wausau homicide case.

Tyler Jenkens received the sentence from District Judge William Conley. Prosecutors wanted a longer sentence saying Jenkens was a danger to the community, but five years three months was the sentence given.

Jenkens is a welder with a poor work history and a criminal record. He likes to make items such as the grenades, the silencer, and a 30-round magazine for a rifle he had. As a convicted felon, he isn’t supposed to have or make any of those items. Prosecutor Rita Rumbelow argued that Jenkens is proud to be a criminal, citing his tattoos of his prisoner number and a drive-by shooting, along with a history of methamphetamine use.

The silencer was allegedly used by John M. Lewis during the shooting of K.C. Elliott. January 3rd.

Once Jenkens is released from prison, he will be on extended supervision for another three years.