Madison man found guilty of armed robbery at O’Reilly Auto Parts

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MADISON, Wis. — A Madison man was found guilty in court Friday afternoon for an armed robbery at an O’Reilly Auto Parts store.

According to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Jeremiah Edwards, 33, was found guilty of brandishing a firearm during the crime, being a felon in possession of a firearm, processing THC-products with an intent to distribute and possessing a firearm as part of a drug trafficking crime.

The evidence presented at trial showed that Edwards, along with Kanasha Woods, 25, of Milwaukee, robbed the store on South Stoughton Road in the Town of Blooming Grove, on Nov. 8, 2018.

Edwards and Woods revealed firearms during the robbery and obtained cash from the safe and cash register drawers. They both left the scene and drove in downtown Madison, where officials attempted a traffic stop that led to a high-speed chase throughout the city. Edwards eventually crashed the vehicle and ran away.

Edwards’ sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 17.

Woods pleaded guilty to armed robbery of the O’Reilly store on March 25. She was sentenced on June 19 to 42 months in prison.

The charges against Edwards and Woods are the results of an investigation by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.