Former Badgers cornerback, brother plead guilty to robberies

Former Badgers cornerback gets 9 years in string of robberies
William and Jack Ikegwuonu

A former Badgers football player and his twin brother pleaded guilty Wednesday in a string of armed robberies in November.

Jack Ikegwuonu, 28, and his brother, William Ikegwuonu, were charged with robbing five local businesses and with brandishing a firearm in furtherance of the robberies, according to a release.

Police said they caught the twins at the end of November after an armed robbery at Klinke Cleaners on the west side.

Police said the SUV was the suspected getaway vehicle in a string of robberies, so officers obtained a warrant and placed a GPS device on the SUV just before the Klinke Cleaners robbery.

Officers tracked the SUV as it drove toward downtown Madison after the robbery, police said.

Police said the twins were using money from the robberies to buy heroin.

Each robbery charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, and 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 in prison.

Jack Ikegwuonu played at Madison Memorial before becoming a Badger. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008, was waived because of a knee injury and only played one game in the NFL.

Both are scheduled to be sentenced May 20.