United States Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad has announced that yesterday, a federal jury found Otis Hunter (age 24) and Deshawn Evans (age 21) guilty of all charged counts. Otis Hunter was found guilty of conspiracy, three business robberies, two carjackings, and five counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Deshawn Evans was found guilty of conspiracy, a business robbery, a carjacking, and two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
The evidence presented at trial showed that between November 17, 2016, and December 4, 2016, the defendants were part of a robbery crew that committed five business robberies and two carjackings, all at gunpoint. Most of the crimes occurred on the southside of Milwaukee. The evidence established that the defendants brandished handguns, robbed employees and customers, and, on two occasions, pistol-whipped their victims.
Sentencing for both defendants has been scheduled for April 27, 2018, before United States District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller. At sentencing, Mr. Hunter faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 107 years in prison and Mr. Evans faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years in prison for their convictions on the counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Mr. Hunter’s and Evans’ co-defendants, Kelly Scott, Anthony Lindsey, and Dominique Rollins, have pled guilty to their involvement in some of the robberies and are awaiting sentencing.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Milwaukee Area Violent Crimes Task Force and the Milwaukee Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Margaret B. Honrath and Rebecca L. Taibleson.
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