Second of two men convicted in several robberies of fast food restaurants sentenced to prison

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MILWAUKEE — The second of two men, accused of robbing several fast food restaurants in the Milwaukee area has been sentenced to prison.

Govanni Martinez

Govanni Martinez

29-year-old Govanni Martinez of Greenfield pleaded guilty earlier this month to four felony counts of armed robbery as party to a crime.

In court on Thursday, September 24th, Martinez was sentenced to serve two years in prison and 15 months extended supervision on each charge. These sentences are to be served consecutively, so Martinez will serve a total of eight years in prison, and 60 years extended supervision.

He has been ordered to have no contact with the victims in this case, including:

 

  • Burger King located at 4555 W. Forest Home Avenue in Greenfield
  • McDonald’s at 830 E. Potter Avenue in Milwaukee
  • Subway located at 3025 S. 60th Street in Milwaukee
  • Burger King at 4651 S. 27th Street in Milwaukee
  • Subway at 3179 S. 27 Street in Milwaukee
  • NAPA Auto Parts at 3649 S. Point Terrace in Milwaukee

The court also ordered Martinez and his co-actor, 43-year-old Matthew Stehr, to pay restitution in this case:

  • $354.25 to McDonald’s
  • $536 to Subway located at 3025 S. 60th Street in Milwaukee
  • $498 to Subway located at 3179 S. 27 Street in Milwaukee
  • $238 to be paid to NAPA Auto Parts
Matthew Stehr

Matthew Stehr

Stehr, of Milwaukee, pleaded guilty to three felony armed robbery as party to a crime charges back in July.

He was then sentenced to serve a total of six years in prison, and four years and six months extended supervision.

Court documents show Stehr was ordered to have no contact with McDonald’s, Subway, or Burger King stores within the following counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Ozaukee and Washington.

Additionally, Martinez and Stehr can have no contact with each other.

According to the criminal complaint, Martinez and Stehr allegedly robbed two Burger King restaurants, a McDonald’s and a Subway restaurant — all within eight days. In each of the instances, police say no weapon was ever displayed — but the victims thought a weapon was implied.

 

The complaint indicates on January 16th, Martinez entered the Burger King restaurant on Forest Home Ave. and immediately went to the register area. One of the workers told police Martinez “said something to the effect of, ‘Open the register, I’m not here to hurt anyone. I just need to feed my kids.’” Martinez made off with more than $350 and apparently said, “I’m sorry” as he left the restaurant. The complaint says he got on a bus and went to Milwaukee’s north side to buy drugs.

On January 21st, Martinez and Stehr are accused of robbing a McDonald’s restaurant on E. Potter in the Bay View neighborhood. The complaint indicates Martinez entered the restaurant and “walked up to the end of the counter and began yelling and slammed his hand on the countertop.” Martinez is alleged to have shouted, “Open the drawer! Open the drawer!” After getting some cash, the complaint indicates Martinez stated, “Do not do anything because I am coming back.” Stehr was allegedly outside waiting to drive the two of them away from the scene of the crime.

On January 22nd, Martinez is alleged to have robbed a Subway restaurant on S. 60th Street. According to the complaint, Martinez walked into the restaurant wearing a mask. He apparently jumped the counter and approached two employees saying, “I don’t want to hurt you guys.” The complaint indicates Martinez told the employees to open the safe and register. He stated, “I just want to feed my kids.” Martinez apparently got away with cash. The complaint says he and Stehr then went to buy drugs.

Lastly, on January 23rd, Greenfield police were dispatched to a Burger King restaurant on S. 27th Street. The complaint indicates Martinez robbed the restaurant, telling employees inside, “Get over here in front…Don’t play with me.” A customer inside the restaurant at the time called 911 during the robbery. That customer and another person helped get the license plate of the car Stehr was allegedly driving in this crime.  That led police to both suspects — and their eventual arrests.