Sentenced: Two of three charged in armed robbery of Milwaukee grocery store learn fate

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Armed robbery at Mother's Foods (January 28,. 2014)

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Two of three people federally indicted for the January 28th armed robbery of Mother’s Foods (formerly Magic Foods) on N. 16th Street in Milwaukee, have been sentenced.

23-year-old Joshua Mueller was sentenced on July 30th to 15 1/2 years in prison, followed by fives years of supervised released. The sentence was the result of Mueller’s guilty plea to one count of interference with commerce by robbery pursuant to the Hobbs Act and one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

27-year-old Sendrick Brown was sentenced on July 29th to 8 years in prison after his guilty plea to one count of aiding and abetting the discharge or a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Steven Bugni remains a fugitive.

The investigation revealed that on January 28th, Mueller and Bugni, both armed with firearms, stole money from Mother’s Foods. Brown served as a lookout. During the robbery, Mueller shot a store employee in the leg, causing a life-threatening bodily injury.

At the sentencing hearing, one victim spoke regarding the effect of the robbery on himself, the other store employees, and the business. He mentioned that several customers were in the store at the time of the robbery, including two young children.

The Hobbs Act, passed by Congress in 1946, provides federal jurisdiction for cases involving violent, habitual criminals who commit armed robbery of businesses involved in interstate commerce.  Federal prosecution of these offenders is sometimes beneficial since the penalties may be tougher than under state law.  To that end, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and its County Attorney partners are working together to ensure that violent offenders are effectively prosecuted, making our communities safer for all.

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Milwaukee Police Department.

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4 comments

  • 2econd

    hey, Barrett and Flynn, are you guys paying attention to this, thugs shoot a guy during a robbery and that’s whats handed down for sentences?? everyone should be ashamed of our legal system and our political leaders.

    • Lone ranger

      No kidding! This is exactly what I commented on a few day’s ago it’s nothing but a revolving door. These thugs will be back out the same day their released robbing and shooting! Then these city leaders wonder why crime is out of control! If it was up to me and you held someone at gunpoint and robbed them I guarantee your gonna be real grey and hunched over when you get out of prison.

  • Devin Olsen

    Robbery = Prison Time, Using a Gun during a robbery = separate charge = more prison time, Firing a gun during the robbery = separate charge = more prison time. The should be looking at like 50 years now.

  • christiemueller

    All we are doing is putting mentally ill boys/men in jail/prison with no rehabilitation!!!! The statistics are amazing more than 69% of the population in prison for men have some kind of mental illness, and that’s the men that admit to it. In the late 1960’s we took all the mental health hospitals away, well now instead of getting help they go to prison to sit and do nothing while we pay $79.16 per inmate per day. Were is the justice here? Yes I do believe there are people out in our world who are just bad – mean creatures. But in my experience – these kids just needed help and our system let us all down every time they put another ‘bad’ person in jail without helping them while they are in there so they can be upright citizens when they return to our community.

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