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

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Rice Lake Man Sentenced for Armed Bank Robberies

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Ricky White, 27, Rice Lake, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 128 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for armed bank robbery.  White was also ordered to pay $14,171 in restitution.  White pleaded guilty on November 24, 2015, to robbing Shell Lake State Bank in Stone Lake, Wis., and Bremer Bank in Danbury, Wis., in 2014.

White was involved with two other individuals – Jesse Sweeter, 21, and Kyle Langner, 24, both of Rice Lake - in a series of three bank robberies in northwest Wisconsin in 2014.  The robberies took place as follows:

  1. On May 2, 2014, Shell Lake State Bank in Stone Lake was robbed by White and Sweeter, who were both armed.  Langner was the driver of the getaway vehicle.
  2. On May 28, 2014, Bremer Bank in Danbury was robbed by White, who was armed.  Langner was the driver of the getaway vehicle. 
  3. On July 16, 2014, Sterling Bank in Rice Lake was robbed by Sweeter, who was armed. 

On July 24, 2015, Sweeter was sentenced to 114 months in federal prison for his role in the Shell Lake State Bank and Sterling Bank robberies.  On January 6, 2016, Langner was sentenced to 114 months in federal prison for his participation in the robbery of Shell Lake State Bank and Bremer Bank. 

White’s sentence consisted of 44 months imprisonment for the bank robberies and a consecutive seven years imprisonment for brandishing a firearm during the Bremer Bank robbery.  Additionally, the 44-month federal sentence will run concurrently to a six-year sentence White is currently serving in state prison after being convicted of robbing a gas station in Eau Claire, Wis.   

The conviction of White is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Barron, Burnett, Sawyer, Chippewa and Washburn County Sheriffs’ Offices; and Rice Lake and Eau Claire Police Departments.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie S. Pfluger and Timothy M. O’Shea. 

Violent Crime
Updated February 25, 2016