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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Madison Brothers Charged With Robberies & Gun Crimes

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that  Ifeanyichukwu “Jack” Ikegwuono, 29, and Chukwuemeka “William” Ikegwuono, 29, both of Madison, Wis., have been charged with robbing five local businesses and with brandishing a firearm in furtherance of the robberies.  The information alleges that the robberies occurred over the course of a two-week period in November of last year.  In addition to the five robbery charges, each defendant is charged with a separate offense of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a robbery.   Each robbery charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.  Each count of brandishing a firearm carries a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years in prison consecutive to any prison time imposed on the robbery counts, and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. 

The information alleges that the defendants robbed employees of cash in five separate robberies in Madison and Middleton from November 14, 2014 to November 26, 2014.  The businesses included: Madison Modern Market and Life is Good, both of which are located on State Street in Madison; Cricket Wireless on East Washington in Madison; and  Klinke Cleaners locations in Madison and Middleton.  According to the previously-filed complaint, the Madison Police Department developed the Ikegwuono brothers as suspects in several armed robberies and obtained a warrant from a judge to place a GPS tracking device on their vehicle.  After a robbery at the Klinke Cleaners on Gammon Road in Middleton on November 26, 2014, officers tracked and stopped the vehicle driving away from the scene, according to the complaint.  Both defendants, according to the complaint, were found with a gun and with cash taken from the business, and eventually admitted involvement in five robberies. 

The defendants are scheduled to plead guilty to the charges in the information on March 11, 2015, before U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson.  The charges against the defendants are the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department and the Middleton Police Department.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Burke.

You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015