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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

Friday, November 22, 2019

Convicted Bank Robber Enters Guilty Plea to New Bank Robbery Charge

Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on November 22, 2019, Jason G. Burgett (age: 43) of West Allis, Wisconsin, appeared in federal court in Green Bay and entered a guilty plea to a charge of bank robbery in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. Section 2113(a).

In pleading guilty, Burgett acknowledged that he was responsible for the following robberies or attempted robberies in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan: the Farmer’s State Bank in Fremont, Wisconsin, on June 3, 2019, the attempted robbery of the Northern United Federal Credit Union in Escanaba, Michigan, on July 5, 2019, the Stephenson National Bank and Trust in Pembine, Wisconsin, on July 8, 2019, and the Citizen’s Community Federal Bank, in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin, on July 15, 2019.

Following the robbery in Lake Hallie, Burgett led police on a high-speed chase which ultimately ended in his arrest.  At that time, he was found to be in possession of approximately $16,000 taken from the Citizen’s Community bank, a BB-gun consistent in appearance with the suspected firearm used in the previously mentioned robberies, a ski mask, gloves, and a mesh bag.Burgett was previously prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Milwaukee in 1998 and 1999 for armed bank robberies. He served 132 months in federal prison for those crimes. 

The charge to which Burgett pled guilty carries a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release. Burgett is scheduled to be sentenced on February 18, 2020.  He will remain incarcerated pending that hearing.   

The case was investigated by the Grand Chute Police Department, the Eau Claire Police Department, the Fond du Lac Police Department, the Janesville Police Department, the Appleton Police Department, the De Pere Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.


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Public Information Officer Kenneth Gales 414-297-1700

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Updated November 22, 2019