Keshena Man sentenced to prison for attempted murder on the Menominee Indian Reservation. | USAO-EDWI

U.S. Attorney Richard G. Frohling for the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on December 20, 2021, a man was sentenced to prison for shooting another man on the Menominee Indian Reservation. Menom L. Powless-Brown (age: 19), formerly of Keshena, who is on the Menominee Indian Reservation, was sentenced after pleading guilty to assault with intent to murder on September 10, 2021. District Judge Principal of the United States, William C. Griesbach handed down a sentence of 120 months, which will be followed by 36 months of probation.

According to court records, on or about March 13, 2021, Powless-Brown assaulted another man by pointing a 9mm semi-automatic handgun at him. Powless-Brown intentionally discharged the handgun multiple times during the incident, resulting in bullets hitting the other man once in the abdomen and Powless-Brown’s mother once in the face. The other man suffered serious injuries as a result of the shooting.

In imposing the sentence, Senior Judge Griesbach noted the seriousness of the offence, indicating that the incident was an unwarranted attack on someone else fleeing the accused. Judge Griesbach observed that the incident took place in a residential area and put others at risk. Although the United States recommended a harsher sentence, Judge Griesbach concluded that the defendant’s youth and lack of prior history made a 10-year sentence appropriate.

The Menominee Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case, which Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier prosecuted.

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