JANESVILLE

A trial date was set Thursday for the Janesville man who inspired a nationwide manhunt in April.

Joseph A. Jakubowski, 32, is charged with burglary while arming himself with a weapon, possession of burglary tools and theft.

Judge James Daley set a trial date of Oct. 23 in the case, which garnered widespread attention after it was revealed Jakubowski had written a manifesto and sent it to President Donald Trump and that he was suspected of robbing a gun shop, making off with 18 guns, including an automatic and semi-automatic, assault-type rifle.

Daley said he wanted to set a date farther into the future than usual to accommodate any developments in the federal case against Jakubowski.

“Mr. Jakubowski, the wild card here is that we don’t know what’s going to happen on the federal level. Between the state and the federal, it’s a one-way street. They ignore us, and we try to get our work done. But we’ll see what happens. I just don’t know,” Daley said.

Jakubowski faces felony possession and theft of firearms charges in federal court for Wisconsin’s Western District. He has pleaded not guilty to the state and federal charges. A two-day jury trial in the federal court is set for Sept 25.

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