Joseph Jakubowski sentenced to 14 years for robbing Janesville gun shop

By Jim Hagerty

MADISON, Wis. — Joseph Jakubowski, the Wisconsin man guilty of stealing 18 firearms from a Janesville gun shop and leading local, state and federal authorities on a 10-day manhunt will spend the next 14 years in federal prison.

Jakubowski, 33, was sentenced Wednesday, Dec. 20, by U.S. District Judge William Conley. He was convicted in September.

Before Conley handed down the sentence, Jakubowski broke into a profanity-laced rant, saying, “I don’t care about your damned laws. F–ck the laws, f-ck the rules and f-ck you, too.”

The Janesville resident made national news when he videoed himself mailing a 161-page anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump before breaking into Armageddon Supplies on April 4. He was arrested 10 days later at a makeshift campsite in the Richland County town of Readstown, Wisconsin.

In the manifesto, Jakubowski said people were slaves, and that religion was used to control thinking and fleece people of their money. He wrote that he stole the guns because he is a felon and unable to purchase them legally.

Police surrounded Jakubowski after receiving a call from Jeffrey Gorn, a landowner who was riding an ATV on his property and checking deer stands when he came upon the campsite.

Jakubowski told Gorn he was “going off the grid.” Gorn said Jakubowski was not aggressive and did not display a weapon during the exchange, but was more than willing to engage in conversation.

“He never raised his voice, never showed any sign of doing anything inappropriate,” Gorn said. “I shook his hand twice. He wanted me to see his points of view. He wanted me to see what he had written to various people.”

The video of Jakubowski mailing the manifesto to the White House was shot by an unnamed man who was not charged.

Readstown is about 125 miles northwest of Janesville. R.

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