Man Sentenced to 21 Years for Armed Bank Robberies
MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jay’Von Flemming, 25, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson for armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during the robbery. Flemming was sentenced to 14 years on the bank robbery charge plus a consecutive seven years in federal prison for brandishing a gun during the robbery of the Stoughton Home Savings Bank in Stoughton, Wisconsin, on October 17, 2017.
Flemming pleaded guilty to these charges on April 10, 2018. As part of the plea agreement, Flemming also admitted that he robbed the Bank Mutual in Portage, Wisconsin on September 27, 2017, and that firearms were brandished during that robbery.
Flemming was one of two men who entered the Home Savings Bank in Stoughton on October 17, pointed guns at the bank tellers, and demanded money. While in a vehicle after leaving the bank, they were observed and pursued by a Dane County Sheriff’s deputy as they headed toward Madison. During the pursuit on the Beltline Highway in Madison, they attempted to elude police while driving at speeds over 100 miles per hour, and crashed the vehicle near Seminole highway. Both suspects were apprehended after a brief foot chase. The money taken in the Home Savings robbery and firearms were recovered from the abandoned vehicle.
On July 12, 2018, the second suspect, Kenny Furdge was also sentenced to 14 years on the bank robbery charge plus a consecutive seven years in federal prison for brandishing a gun during the robbery of the Stoughton Home Savings Bank.
In sentencing Flemming, Judge Peterson expressed concern for the need to protect the public from Flemming’s long criminal history of violent and disruptive conduct beginning when Flemming was a juvenile. Judge Peterson also considered the innocent victims seriously traumatized by the armed bank robberies and the high speed chase as further dangerous behavior demonstrating the need to protect the public from Flemming’s conduct by incarcerating him for a significant period.
Judge Peterson also ordered Flemming to pay restitution for the money taken in the Portage robbery that was never recovered.
The charges against Jay’Von Flemming were the result of an investigation conducted by the Stoughton Police Department, Dane County Sheriff’s Department, Portage Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson.