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Superior man gets 20-year prison sentence on gun charges

MADISON -- A Superior man with a violent criminal past and minimal work history was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 20 years in prison, the maximum penalty, on two gun-possession convictions.

MADISON -- A Superior man with a violent criminal past and minimal work history was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 20 years in prison, the maximum penalty, on two gun-possession convictions.

Kenneth I. Askew, 34, was arrested by Superior police last July after threatening to kill his girlfriend and her three children outside her North 14th Street residence. At the time, Askew was intoxicated and angry with the woman for going out after work with a female friend.

The day before, Askew had pointed a sawed-off shotgun at the woman's head. After arresting Askew on July 8 for domestic disturbance, police recovered a shotgun from the residence with a barrel length of less than 15 inches.

Askew's case was dismissed in Douglas County after he was indicted in federal court for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a shortened shotgun. A jury convicted him in March on both counts. Askew maintains his innocent, said his lawyer, Michael Lieberman.

Askew said nothing in court Tuesday, but Lieberman said the evidence at trial didn't support the two convictions.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim O'Shea said throughout his life Askew has been "just a drug dealer or sponged off women."

District Judge James Moody said Askew's criminal record began shortly after he joined a street gang when he was 13 years old, and includes prior convictions for burglary, kidnapping and possession of crack cocaine.

"He has spent significant time incarcerated and has not been reformed," Moody said before imposing consecutive 10-year prison terms on each count.

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