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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New York Man Sentenced for Attempted Robbery of Two Wausukee Banks

Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on February 13, 2017, Ross A. Bertucci (age: 32) of New York State, was sentenced in Federal Court in Green Bay to 72 months in prison for the crime of attempted bank robbery in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a).

 

As a condition of the plea agreement, Bertucci acknowledged that he was responsible for attempting to rob while armed with a loaded firearm, the State Bank of Florence and Stephenson National Bank both located in the Town of Wausaukee, in Marinette County. Bertucci’s attempts were thwarted when an observant citizen notified law enforcement of Bertucci’s strange behavior and manner of dress. Workers at both banks were able to secure their entry doors just prior to Bertucci’s arrival.

 

While handing down his sentence, Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach noted Bertucci’s criminal history and his pattern of committing crimes for financial gain. Judge Griesbach called the robberies “very serious” and highlighted the lasting impact that the defendant’s actions had on his victims, several of whom addressed the court at the hearing.

 

The case was investigated by the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Marinette County District Attorney. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

 

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For Additional Information Contact:

Public Information Officer Dean Puschnig 414-297-1700

Updated February 14, 2017