Former Badgers cornerback gets 9 years in string of robberies

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

A former Badgers cornerback and and his brother were sentenced Friday for a string of armed robberies in November, according to a release. 

The brothers were charged with robbing five local businesses and with brandishing a firearm in furtherance of the robberies.

Jack Ikegwuonu, 28, received nine and a half years in federal prison, and his twin brother, William Ikegwuonu, was sentenced nine years. The prison terms will be followed by two years of supervised release.

According to the release, the brothers decided to rob a business for heroin money on Nov. 13 last year. They robbed four more businesses in the next two weeks. The robberies followed a pattern where a lone female employee was working after dark, and a silver revolver was used.

Police caught the twins at the end of November after an armed robbery at Klinke Cleaners on the west side by tracking Ikegwuonu’s vehicle driving away from the scene of the crime.

After the arrest, both brothers eventually confessed to the five robberies and pleaded guilty.