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FBI: Town of Madison man tried to buy radioactive material in order to kill someone

MADISON (WKOW) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says a Town of Madison man was arrested and faces a federal charge for trying to buy radioactive material with the intent to kill someone.

The FBI says in March and October 2018, 30-year-old Jeremy Ryan tried to buy a lethal dose of a radioactive substance on the Internet.

Investigators did not identify Ryan’s alleged target.

Agents arrested Ryan in Black Earth on Wednesday. After the arrest, FBI agents searched Ryan’s home in the 300 block of Munn Road.

Officials say there is no danger to the public associated with these enforcement actions.

The FBI says Ryan is charged with attempted possession of radioactive material with intent to cause death. The charge carries a maximum term of life in prison.

Dane County sheriff’s officials confirm to 27 News the suspect is the same man who ran for office against House Speaker Paul Ryan. He’s also well known as a regular demonstrator at the state Capitol.

When at the Capitol, Ryan could always be seen riding his Segway because of a lifelong heart condition.

Ryan was also well known by local police and the feds. He has been cited at least 30 times near the Capitol and was once prosecuted by the Justice Department.

A law enforcement official tells ABC News, Ryan is expected to appear in federal court on Thursday.

Evan Bolin

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