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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Two Men Sentenced to 13 Years and 7 1/2 Years in Prison for Carjackings and Attempted Carjacking in Greenfield and Oak Creek

United States Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad announced today that two Milwaukee men were sentenced for a series of carjackings that occurred in Greenfield and Oak Creek, Wisconsin in August 2015.  The superseding indictment charged Devonte Hayes (age: 19) and Norman Howard (age: 18) with attempted motor vehicle robbery in Greenfield, Wisconsin, on August 18, 2015, and brandishing a firearm during that crime, which carries a 7-year mandatory minimum.  They were also charged with a motor vehicle robbery on August 12, 2015, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.  Lastly, defendant Hayes was charged with a motor vehicle robbery in Greenfield on August 11, 2015. 

The defendants used carjacked cars to commit further carjackings.  During the carjacking on August 18, 2015, Hayes pointed a firearm at the victim while he demanded keys to her car.  After speeding away from the scene, the defendants engaged in a high-speed chase with law enforcement and were apprehended after a foot pursuit. 

Devonte Hayes, pleaded guilty to two counts of motor vehicle robbery, one count of attempted motor vehicle robbery, and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. On March 10, 2016, the Honorable J.P. Stadtmueller sentenced Hayes to 156 months (13 years) in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. 

Norman Howard, pleaded guilty to one count of motor vehicle robbery and one count of attempted motor vehicle robbery.  On May 19, 2016, the Honorable J.P. Stadtmueller sentenced Howard to 90 months (7 ½ years) in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. 

This matter was investigated by the FBI’s Milwaukee Area Violent Crimes Task Force, the Greenfield Police Department, the Oak Creek Police Department, the West Allis Police Department, and the Milwaukee Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Margaret B. Honrath.

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Updated May 25, 2016