THREE MILWAUKEE RESIDENTS SENTENCED FOR ARMED CARJACKING
Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on November 2, 2020, Chief United States District Judge Pamela Pepper sentenced the last of three defendants for an Armed Carjacking that occurred in Milwaukee in August 2018. Paul E. Anderson (20) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 102 months in prison, after he pled guilty to one count of Motor Vehicle Robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2119(1), and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c), which carries a seven-year mandatory minimum sentence.
One of Anderson’s co-defendants, O’Keefer Hooker (23) was sentenced to 72 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of Motor Vehicle Robbery and one count of carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence. Anderson’s other co-defendant, Asia Rogers (21), pleaded guilty to one count of Motor Vehicle Robbery and was sentenced to a time served sentence of 13 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release.
The sentences stem from an armed carjacking that took place in August 2018 when Anderson pointed a loaded firearm at the victim’s head and demanded her car keys. Fearing for her life, the victim handed over her keys. Anderson and his co-defendants then stole the car, and evaded law enforcement detection for over an hour. Shortly after parking the stolen car, Anderson’s two co-defendants, Rogers and Hooker, were arrested. Anderson evaded law enforcement for several months, but he was identified and indicted in December 2018.
At sentencing, Chief United States District Judge Pamela Pepper noted that carjackings like this one are among the most serious federal crimes and that the defendants’ actions put the victim and the community at significant risk.
“Because Anderson and his co-defendants terrorized their victim and the surrounding neighborhoods, they now face time in federal prison,” said U.S. Attorney Krueger. “This is an excellent example of federal agents working side-by-side with local law enforcement to address violent crime in Milwaukee.”
FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Hughes said: “Serious crime has serious consequences for the offenders. The FBI will continue to work with our partners to get violent criminals off the streets and keep our neighborhoods safe".
The case was investigated by the FBI’s Milwaukee Area Violent Crimes Task Force, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Investigators. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Julie F. Stewart and Margaret B. Honrath.
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