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Former Milwaukee Officer Sentenced After Plea Bargain

A former sergeant at the Milwaukee Police Department was sentenced to one year of probation on March 28 after he pleaded to lesser charges in a felony stalking case. According to reports, the man was charged with felony stalking last year after a woman he was dating claimed that he harassed her after they broke up. The woman accused the man of sending her unwanted texts and Facebook messages, as well as calling her phone continually and coming to her house.

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2 Milwaukee Men Charged with Felony Murder

Two Milwaukee men have been charged with felony murder in relation to a Jan. 29 robbery in the 5300 block of N. 58th Street. According to reports, two 19-year-old males and a 20-year-old male allegedly conspired to rob a beer truck. It appears that the men came up with the plan to rob the truck after one of them got a job for Beer Capitol Distributions.

The day of the robbery, two of the men exchanged around 20 calls, according to police. A text message was allegedly the signal for the robbery to start. One 19-year-old male was the delivery driver’s partner on the truck, and the other two men were reportedly following behind the truck in a car.

One of the 19-year-old males was fatally shot by police after he fled the scene of the robbery and struggled with the officer. According to reports, the officer ordered the 19-year-old to show his hands after the officer noticed a gun tucked into the man’s waistband. The man reportedly ignored the commands, and the officer shot him.

One of the men has apparently made a confession to a third party, and both have been charged with felony murder. They were booked into Milwaukee County Jail, with bail set at $50,000 and $100,000, respectively. The one man’s alleged confession could play a big part in the criminal defense strategy if it is deemed admissible in court. Those who are charged with felonies should wait until they have spoken with someone knowledgeable about criminal defense to make any statements to the authorities.

Source: Journal Sentinel, “Second man charged in fatal Milwaukee beer truck robbery” Jesse Garza, Feb. 20, 2014

Wisconsin Man Leads Police on High Speed Chase

A high-speed car chase occurred on rain-slick streets in Viroqua, on Nov. 16. After the chase ended, a 41-year-old Viroqua man was charged with two felonies by police.

The man, a convicted felon who previously served five years in state prison on other charges, is now facing two felony charges as a repeat offender for first degree reckless endangerment of public safety and attempting to elude a police officer. Both felony charges represent a maximum punishment of 16 years in prison and fines totaling $35,000. He was released on a $1,000 cash bond, and has an initial appearance in court scheduled for the morning of Jan. 27.

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Suspect in Wisconsin Credit Union Robbery Now in Custody

Police have charged a suspect with one count of robbery that occurred at the Landmark Credit Union in West Milwaukee on Nov. 13. About $2,800 was taken in the incident, according to reports. The man, 55, allegedly threatened a bank teller with a black bag that he implied contained a bomb. The female teller reported that he asked for all her larger bills and told her it was not a joke. He also told her not to include any dye packs with the bills.

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4 Milwaukee Teens Face Robbery Charges

Four Milwaukee high school students stand accused of robbing a man on the city’s east side. Authorities allege that the four teenagers traveled to the east side of town in order to commit a robbery. The criminal complaint states that the four lied in wait behind a vehicle, and then they sprang out and allegedly attacked a man riding a skateboard. The group allegedly pushed the man off his skateboard. The complaint says that the skateboarder then ran a short distance until the four teenagers caught up with him and punched him in his head and body. The group demanded that he empty out his pockets.

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Milwaukee Man Facing Armed Robbery, Murder Charges

A Milwaukee man could be facing more than 50 years in jail if he is convicted of charges relating to his alleged involvement in three armed robberies. Media sources indicate that the separate incidents occurred on Aug. 4, Aug. 6 and Aug. 12 and that the 29-year-old man may have been working with an accomplice. According to news sources, he is facing one count of felony murder, one count of armed robbery and one count of fraudulent use of a credit card. Charges are pending for his 26-year-old accomplice.

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