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Two charged with illegally possessing guns at Madison protests

Anthony Krohn, left, Kyle Quade have been charged in unrelated weapons cases.
Anthony Krohn, left, and Kyle Quade have been charged in unrelated weapons cases.

MADISON (WKOW) – Two men have been charged with federal firearms crimes after authorities say they illegally brought weapons to the protests last week in Madison.

Kyle C. Olson, (also known as Kyle Charles Quade) 28, Edgerton, is charged with being a felon in possession of a .45 caliber handgun.

The affidavit accompanying the complaint alleges that at approximately 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2020, police officers stationed in the area of 220 West Gilman Street saw Olson remove a handgun from the trunk of his car and place it in his back waistband.

In a separate complaint, Anthony R. Krohn, 36, Madison, is charged with being a felon in possession of a .22 caliber handgun.

The affidavit accompanying this complaint alleges that at about 2:12 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020, police officers were sent to the area of South Fairchild and West Doty Streets in Madison about a person with a gunshot wound, and found a person later identified as Krohn bleeding from a wound in his leg with a gun on the ground next to him.

The affidavit further alleges that Krohn told a law enforcement officer that he had shot himself.

According to United States Attorney Scott C. Blader, the two defendants have been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The cases are not related.

“It is important to speak plainly and give fair warning to those who might consider using legitimate protesters as ‘cover’ for criminal conduct," Blader said in a news release. "Every American has a right for their voice to be heard, especially during these challenging times, and my office defends the right of individuals to speak, assemble, and protest."

Olson and Krohn are currently in custody at the Dane County Jail. Their initial appearances in federal court have not been scheduled and will take place by videoconference.

If convicted, Olson and Krohn each face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The charges against them are the result of investigations by the Madison Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey C. Stephan is handling the prosecution of these cases.

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