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July 24, 2015

Rice Lake Man Sentenced to 114 Months for Two Bank Robberies

MADISON, WI—John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jesse Sweeter, 20, Rice Lake, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 114 months in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for the robbery of two banks. Sweeter was also ordered to pay $9,242 in restitution. Sweeter pleaded guilty to these charges on April 28, 2015.

On May 2, 2014, Shell Lake State Bank in Stone Lake, Wis., was robbed by two armed gunman. On July 16, 2014, Sterling Bank in Rice Lake was robbed by a lone armed gunman. Shortly after this robbery, Sweeter was apprehended by law enforcement and confessed to both robberies.

Sweeter’s sentence consists of 30 months for the bank robberies and a consecutive seven years for brandishing a firearm during the Sterling Bank robbery. Additionally, the 30-month federal sentence will run concurrently to a 3 ½ year sentence Sweeter is serving in state prison after being convicted of robbing a gas station in Eau Claire, Wis.

The conviction of Sweeter is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Barron, Sawyer, Burnett, and Chippewa County Sheriffs’ Offices; and the Rice Lake and Eau Claire Police Departments. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie Pfluger and Timothy O’Shea.

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