Madison man sentenced to 12.5 years in prison in connection with gun charges, robberies
MADISON, Wis. — A 19-year-old man was sentenced Thursday afternoon to 12.5 years in prison in connection with several 2019 robberies.
Willie Champ, 19, robbed multiple stores in Madison, Fitchburg and Oregon between June 2018 and May 2019, according to U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin Scott C. Blader’s office.
Between June 2018 and May 2019, Champ robbed 11 convenience and liquor stores. During 10 of those robberies, he brandished guns. After the last robbery, police stopped his vehicle and recovered a realistic looking AK-47-type airsoft gun that was used in five of the robberies. Police later searched his home where they found a pistol that was used in four of the robberies.
The news release said that in addition to the robbery charges, Champ was charged with brandishing and using a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime, which carried a mandatory minimum of 12 years in federal prison. Champ was also sentenced to an additional six months for the robberies.
At sentencing, Judge William M. Conley noted the severity of the crimes, calling them terrifying offenses in which Champ targeted the businesses.
Champ also faces charges for an additional nine robbery offenses in Dane County Circuit Court, Blader’s office said.
The charges against Champ were the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison, Fitchburg, Oregon and police departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dane County District Attorney’s Office.
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