Man sentenced to 11 years for robbing liquor store

Man sentenced to 11 years for robbing liquor store

A man who pleaded guilty to robbing a Jefferson liquor store will spend 11 years in prison.

A release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Madison said James Mizener, 49, of Palmyra, was sentenced Tuesday for the Feb. 5, 2016, robbery of Pitz Stop Liquor Store. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $958 in restitution. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 9.

Judge William Conley said the length of the prison sentence was necessary based on Mizener’s 44 past criminal convictions and his failure to comply with past supervision, demonstrating defiant behavior and disregard for the law.

Nicholas Wosinski, 28, of Whitewater, was sentenced last week to 42 months in prison for his role as the getaway driver during the armed robbery.

Acting U.S. Attorney Robert Anderson praised the coordinated police work by the Jefferson Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in tracking Mizener and Wosinski’s direction of travel after the robbery, resulting in their arrest about an hour after the robbery.