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

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Two Madison Men Sentenced For Armed Robberies

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that William Ikegwuonu, 29, and Jack Ikegwuonu, 29, of Madison, Wis., were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley.  Judge Conley sentenced William Ikegwuonu to a term of nine years in federal prison and Jack Ikegwuonu to a term of nine and a half years in federal prison.  These prison terms are to be followed by two years of supervised release.  Jack and William Ikegwuonu, twin brothers, pleaded guilty on March 11, 2015, to five armed robberies and one count each of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  

On November 13, 2014, the Ikegwuonu brothers decided to rob a business to get money for heroin.  They walked on State Street in Madison and identified Madison Modern Market where a lone female appeared to be working at the time.  After dark, Jack Ikegwuonu entered the business with his face partially concealed and holding a silver revolver.  After obtaining money from the employee, he ordered her to the ground and left with the cash.  William was waiting with a vehicle to make the getaway. 

Over the next two weeks, the brothers robbed four more Madison-area businesses using the same general pattern. The robberies were of lone female employees, working after dark, committed with a silver revolver, with the employees usually being ordered to the floor.  Of the five robberies, Jack went into four of the businesses and William went into one of the businesses.  The other businesses were Cricket Wireless on East Washington Avenue, Life is Good on State Street, Klinke Cleaners on Odana Road, and Klinke Cleaners on North Gammon Road in Middleton.

During the two-week period of the robberies, the Madison Police Department developed evidence that the Ikegwuonu brothers were committing the crimes, and a judge issued a warrant to place a tracking device on their vehicle.  After the fifth robbery, police tracked the Ikegwuonu’s vehicle driving away from the scene of the crime.  The vehicle was stopped and both William and Jack Ikegwuonu were inside, as well as a silver revolver and stolen cash.  After their arrest, both Jack and William Ikegwuonu eventually confessed to the five robberies. 

“It is one of the top priorities of the Justice Department to protect Americans from violent crimes committed with firearms,” said United States Attorney John Vaudreuil.  “My office will continue to aggressively prosecute serial armed robbers.” 

The charges against Jack and William Ikegwuonu were the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department and Middleton Police Department.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Burke.

Updated July 14, 2015