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

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Madison Man Sentenced for Robbing Credit Union

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Christopher K. Fane, 32, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to seven years in federal prison for robbing the UW Credit Union on April 14, 2015.   Fane pleaded guilty to this charge on November 5, 2015.  At the time of this robbery, Fane was on federal supervision for a 2004 felony conviction for armed bank robbery.

On April 14, 2015, Christopher Fane robbed a UW Credit Union branch on Commercial Avenue in Madison.  During the robbery, Fane pointed a gun at customers and employees, demanded money, and threatened to kill everyone if they did not move fast enough.  On his way out of the credit union, Fane dropped the gun.  The gun turned out to be a pellet gun. 

Law enforcement investigators traced the purchase of the pellet gun to Fane, as well as the purchase of the bandana he used to cover his face during the robbery.  Fane purchased the items less than an hour before the robbery at a store close to the credit union.  Fane was seen on store video purchasing the items with a debit card in his name. 

In sentencing Fane to seven years in prison, Judge Peterson noted the seriousness of the offense and the fact that Fane terrorized those in the credit union, who had no way of knowing that the gun was a pellet gun.  Judge Peterson was concerned that Fane lacks self-control and warned Fane that barriers will be a fact of life for him when he is released, and he will need to find ways to deal with those barriers if he wants to become a productive member of society.

The charge against Fane was the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Przybylinski Finn. 

Violent Crime
Updated January 5, 2016