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Press Release

Armed Robber Sentenced to 7 Years

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

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Johnell L. Britt, 20, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to seven years in federal prison, for robbing a Subway restaurant in Madison while armed with a handgun.  Britt pleaded guilty to this charge on March 12, 2019, and his co-defendant, Lamontay Rivera, 21, also of Madison, pleaded guilty on March 15, 2019.

Britt and Rivera committed the robbery on August 20, 2018.  They were identified as the armed robbers from surveillance cameras, physical evidence subsequently seized from their vehicle, and DNA evidence.  Britt has a prior conviction for attempted armed robbery where an individual was shot multiple times. 

Rivera does not have a sentencing date scheduled.

This case has been brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the U.S. Justice Department’s program to reduce violent crime.  The PSN approach involves collaboration by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent and deter gun violence. 

The charges against Britt and Rivera were the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow. 

Updated June 5, 2019

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