Jury finds Joseph Jakubowski guilty on all counts

NOW: Jury finds Joseph Jakubowski guilty on all counts


Updated: 11:50 a.m. on January 30, 2018

ROCK COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58/AP) -- A verdict has been reached in the trial of Joseph Jakubowski. The jury has found him guilty on all three charges of burglary, theft, and possession of burglary tools. 

Jakubowski faces up to 24½ years in prison.

A jury was seated Monday for the trial for Jakubowski, who also sent a rambling anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump.

Jakubowski admitted in his federal trial last fall that he took 18 firearms from the gun shop, Armageddon Supplies. He broke into the store on April 4. He mailed the 160-page manifesto to Trump, drove to a rural road and set his SUV on fire and disappeared.

He was captured 10 days later 130 miles away in western Wisconsin where he told the landowner he just wanted to live "off the grid."

Jakubowski was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison in December after a profanity-laced back and forth with the judge where he asked to either be set free or killed.


Posted: 10:18 a.m. on January 30, 2018

ROCK COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) – A Wisconsin man who sent an anti-government manifesto to the White House and led police on a 10-day manhunt now awaits a verdict on weapons charges.

Jury deliberations are underway in the state trial of Joseph Jakubowski.

Jakubowski is charged with burglary while arming himself, theft, and possession of burglary tools. On Tuesday, the prosecution started by showing surveillance video from the break-in at Armageddon supplies in Janesville Township. He argued there is no doubt that Jakubowski knew he wasn’t supposed to be inside.

Meanwhile, the defense argued that Jakubowski is only guilty of theft, not arming himself.

“The defendant intentionally entered a building, it’s clear you saw him pounding on that front door,” said Assistant District Attorney Richard Sullivan.

“Mr. Jakubowski never loaded any of those firearms, never put them on his person, He showed up with a bag, not a holster,” said Defense Attorney Michael Murphy.

Last year, a federal court sentenced Jakubowski to 14 years in prison for stealing uns. If convicted on the state charges, Jakubowski could face an additional 24 and a half years in prison.

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