UPDATED Tuesday, January 29, 2013 --- 3:52 p.m.
Press Release from the Department of Justice:
Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that defendant Darius Howard, 22, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 15 years in prison, followed by a six-year term of supervised release, for possessing cocaine with intent to
distribute it and for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Howard pleaded guilty to these offenses on November 13, 2012.
On May 15, 2012, Howard and others were involved in a violent, armed home invasion in Madison. A neighbor called it in and provided the license plate of the vehicle associated with the armed intruders. The Fitchburg Police Department, meanwhile, had an outstanding warrant for Marcus Johnson’s arrest. Shortly after the home invasion, Fitchburg officers were looking for Johnson at an apartment complex. Johnson arrived, driving his girlfriend’s van. Howard, Christopher Carthans, and another individual were with Johnson.
While the officers were arresting Johnson, Carthans fled and threw a pistol in a dumpster. Carthans was caught nearby and confessed to throwing the firearm in the dumpster. Officers also located a black 9mm pistol in the van. It was wrapped in a bloody t-shirt. Darius Howard admitting wrapping the gun in the t-shirt, and he had a
14 gram chunk of cocaine in his pocket which he admitted he was going to distribute.
In choosing a 15-year sentence for Howard, Judge Crabb repeatedly stated that the community needed to be protected from him. Howard has a prior conviction for substantial battery and he is scheduled to plead guilty in Dane County Circuit Court on January 31, 2013, for his involvement in the home invasion, as well as his involvement in another shooting. Judge Crabb ordered Howard's 15-year sentence to run consecutively to any sentence(s) he receives in those cases.
Marcus Johnson has also been charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, and he is pending trial. On January 9, 2013, Judge Crabb sentenced Carthans to 5 years in prison.
The charges against Howard were the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department, Fitchburg Police Department, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by
Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.
UPDATED Wednesday, May 16, 11:01 a.m.
Incident Report from the Madison Police Department:
Incident Type: Battery
Incident Date: 05/15/2012 - 6:47 PM
Address: 600 block N. Oak St.
Arrested: Ari L. Williams, age 25, Madison
Mr. Williams was arrested for Armed Robber and Substantial Battery.
Christopher M. Carthans, age 23, Madison
Mr. Carthans was arrested for Armed Robbery, Substantial Battery, and Strangulation.
Darius R. Howard, age 21, Madison
Mr. Howard was arrested for Armed Robbery and Substantial Battery.
Victim: Male, age 25, Madison
Details: Three suspected home invaders were arrested Tuesday evening following a traffic stop by Fitchburg Police officers. Law enforcement agencies were on the lookout for a silver Kia Sedona after a 25-year old Madison man was beaten, pistol whipped, and choked inside his N. Oak St. residence shortly before 7:00 p.m.
The victim said the three suspects entered his home and demanded to know where the drugs were at. Following the beating, the men fled. The victim was able to follow behind them for a short distance and obtained the description of the getaway vehicle.
He suffered significant head injuries and was transported by ambulance to a hospital. A hand gun was recovered inside the Sedona. The MPD would like to publically thank the Fitchburg Police Department for helping take these suspected criminals off of the street.
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 --- 8:40p.m.
Information from Madison Police Department:
A man is injured after an attempted armed robbery.
It happened Tuesday night in the 600 block of N. Oak Street in Madison.
Police say the suspects fled the scene in a van. Around 8:30p.m. police located a van that matched the suspect vehicle description. Police say the people inside the van have blood on them and police found weapons.
The victim received non-life threatening injuries.
Police say this was a targeted incident.