10 years in federal prison for man who robbed bank, 2 cellphone stores at gunpoint

MILWAUKEE — The man who robbed a bank and two cellphone stores at gunpoint will spend nearly 10 years in federal prison.

Bethly was federally charged with:

  • Unlawfully taking and obtaining currency and goods at a Metro PCS store on June 11, 2016
  • Knowingly using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence on June 11, 2016
  • Unlawfully obstructing, delaying and affecting commerce by robbery, taking and obtaining currency and goods from a Cricket Wireless store on June 25, 2016
  • Knowingly using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence on June 25, 2016

He pleaded guilty to six federal charges:

  • Hobbs Act Robbery (June 11, 2016)
  • Hobbs Act Robbery (June 25, 2016)
  • Brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence (June 25, 2016)
  • Attempted bank robbery (Sept. 21, 2016)
  • Bank robbery (Sept. 21, 2016)

He’s accused of committing the crimes at the BMO Harris Bank on Water St. in Milwaukee, the Metro PCS store near 51st and Hampton and Cricket Wireless near 70th and Capitol.

As part of the sentencing, he’s been ordered to pay back $83,000 in restitution.

He was arrested on an outstanding warrant in September 2016.