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Inmate charged with 15 years in jail after multiple crimes

A 19-year-old man was arrested and sentenced to 15 years in jail for possession of a firearm after breaking out of the Black River Correctional Center in Wisconsin and committing multiple crimes. He had only 30 days left of a prior prison sentence for burglary and arson.

Along with a 29-year-old inmate, the man escaped the facility on July 18th, 2012 and committed the federal crimes of firearm and auto theft. The two criminals also kidnapped and later released a woman in the process. Days after engaging in a high-speed auto chase with authorities and assaulting and robbing a store clerk in Florida, the two men were arrested.

The man's criminal defense attorneys told the court of his history with parents who were addicted to drugs, including a father who gave him meth and then abandoned him at the age of 13. Despite this testimony, the man was charged and given a sentence of 15 years, a mandatory minimum sentence for an "armed career offender" status.

In the state of Wisconsin, armed robbery offenses can result in up to $100,000 in fines and a maximum of 40 years in a state prison. Although this case resulted in a lengthy sentence, those charged with robbery and other violent crimes may be able to work alongside a skilled criminal attorney to reduce the sentence and lessen their expensive fines. Repeat offenders may also in certain cases work with an attorney and the justice system to reach a plea bargain and obtain lesser charges.

Source: La Crosse Tribune, "Fugitive sentenced to 15 years in federal prison," Kevin Murphy, April 11, 2013

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