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Federal Jury Finds Milwaukee Man Guilty of Bank Robberies, Illegal Firearm Possession, and Conspiracy to Retaliate Against an Informant

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

United States Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on January 11, 2023, a federal jury found Antoine L. Jackson (age 29) of Milwaukee guilty of all counts with which he was charged, including conspiracy to commit bank robbery, three bank robberies, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and conspiracy to retaliate against an informant. 

The evidence presented at trial showed that between September 15, 2021, and December 23, 2021, the defendant was part of a robbery crew that committed multiple bank robberies in Milwaukee. The defendant was directly involved in three bank robberies, all at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 7600 West Hampton Avenue. During the robberies, the defendant and his co-actors passed notes to tellers, threatening that unless they were given money, they would blow up the building or kill everyone inside the bank. Among other evidence, the government presented forensic evidence recovered from two of the crime scenes tying the defendant to the robberies.

The evidence also showed that the defendant possessed a firearm—and left his DNA on three parts of the firearm—when he was not legally allowed to possess a firearm due to having previously been convicted of a felony crime.  Finally, the evidence also showed that after the defendant was arrested on January 26, 2022, he made calls from jail in which he provided instructions to have a suspected informant seriously injured. 

Sentencing has been scheduled for April 13, 2023, before United States District Judge Lynn Adelman. At sentencing, Mr. Jackson faces up to 20 years in prison for each of the bank robberies, up to 20 years in prison for conspiring to retaliate against a suspected informant, up to 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and up to 5 years in prison for the overall conspiracy to commit bank robberies.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Milwaukee Area Violent Crimes Task Force and the Milwaukee Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Criminal Chief Margaret B. Honrath and Assistant United States Attorney Kate M. Biebel.

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Updated January 17, 2023