United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger has announced that last Friday, United States District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller sentenced Otis Hunter to 107 years in prison after a jury found Mr. Hunter guilty of conspiracy to commit robberies, three business robberies, two carjackings, and five counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Judge Stadtmueller sentenced Mr. Hunter’s co-defendant, Deshawn Evans, to 32 years in prison after a jury found Mr. Evans guilty of conspiracy, a business robbery, a carjacking, and two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Each defendant was sentenced to the mandatory minimum sentence imposed by Congress for the use of firearms during crimes of violence.
The evidence presented at trial showed that between November 17, 2016, and December 4, 2016, Mr. Hunter and Mr. Evans were part of a robbery crew that committed three business robberies and two carjackings, all at gunpoint. Most of the crimes occurred on the south side of Milwaukee. The evidence established that the defendants brandished handguns, robbed employees and customers, and, on two occasions, pistol-whipped their victims.
U.S. Attorney Krueger stated, “The lengthy sentences imposed in this case are sobering. Mr. Hunter and Mr. Evans embarked on a cruel robbery spree and terrorized numerous innocent victims. As a result, they will spend decades in federal prison. Men and women who are inclined to use guns to commit robberies and carjackings need to know they face stiff mandatory minimum sentences. Together with federal, state, and local partners, we are committed to prosecuting gun violence and working to make our neighborhoods safer.”
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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