The man who faces charges in Grant and Iowa counties after a two-county manhunt one year ago pleaded not guilty to federal gun charges.
James M. Kruger, 37, pleaded not guilty to three counts of felon possession of a firearm in U.S. District Court in Madison through his attorney Sept. 30.
Kruger’s federal trial is scheduled for February.
In Grant County, Kruger faces eight counts of felony bail jumping, and one count each of fleeing or eluding an officer, armed robbery, strangulation and suffocation, discharging a firearm at or toward a person, taking hostages and releasing without bodily harm, intentionally pointing a firearm at a person, and misdemeanor battery.
A status conference on the Grant County charges is scheduled for Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. Kruger pleaded not guilty by mental disease or defect to the charges last Oct. 31.
In Iowa County, Kruger faces nine counts of felony bail jumping, three counts of fleeing or eluding an officer, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, and one count each of taking and driving a vehicle without consent, driving or operating a vehicle without consent, carrying a concealed weapon, and theft of movable property of up to $2,500.
A status conference on the Iowa County charges is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Kruger led law enforcement officers from four different counties on an extended search and high-speed chase Sept. 10, 2013. Kruger is accused of beating and robbing his uncle in Cassville, taking a man hostage and stealing his truck, stealing another vehicle after his hostage escaped in Dodgeville, and leading authorities on a chase, often at high speeds, on U.S. 18 in Grant and Iowa counties before he was stopped near Blue Mounds.
Kruger also faces a Dane County charge of fleeing or eluding an officer for an incident in August 2013, and charges of felon possession of a firearm, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and felony bail jumping for an incident that occurred one day before the Grant and Iowa county incidents.
A status conference is scheduled for Nov. 18 at 10:15 a.m., when trial dates are scheduled to be set, according to court records.