United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced today that Michael A. Anglin of Milwaukee (age: 24) was convicted in federal court following a four-day trial of: (1) interference with commerce by threats of violence also known as the Hobbs Act, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §1951; (2) discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence in violation of 18 U.S.C. §924(c)(1)(A)(iii); (3) conspiracy in violation of 18 U.S.C. §1951; (4) felon in possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. §922(g)(1); and (5) felon in possession of ammunition in violation of 18 U.S.C. §922(g)(1).
Anglin’s convictions are based on the December 9, 2013 robbery of Hampton Service Center, an auto repair shop. Two employees were in the store at the time of the robbery. During the course of the trial, one of the employee-victims testified that he was pistol whipped, shot in the abdomen, and the bullet severed his spine. The employee’s injuries resulted in him being hospitalized for two months, and at one point he feared that he would be paralyzed.
Anglin is facing a minimum of ten years’ incarceration based on his 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(1)(A)(iii) conviction. Anglin also faces a maximum of twenty years for the Hobbs Act conviction, twenty year maximum sentence for conspiracy, ten years maximum for felon in possession of a firearm, and a ten year maximum for felon in possession of ammunition. Under federal law, no term of imprisonment can run concurrently to Anglin’s conviction for 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(1)(A)(iii).
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.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kelly B. Watzka and Jonathan H. Koenig. The investigation was conducted by the Milwaukee Police Department, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.