MADISON, WIS. -- Jeffrey M. Anderson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that James Mizener, 49, Palmyra, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 11 years in federal prison for the armed robbery of a Jefferson, Wis. business. The prison term will be followed by three years of supervised release. Mizener was also ordered to pay $958 in restitution. He pleaded guilty to this charge on February 9, 2017.
Seven years of the 11-year sentence were attributed to Mizener’s act of brandishing a handgun during the armed robbery of the Pitz Stop Liquor store in Jefferson, on February 5, 2016. In sentencing Mizener, Judge Conley said that the significant prison sentence was necessary based on Mizener’s accumulation of 44 past criminal convictions and his failure to comply with past supervision by the state, demonstrating defiant behavior and disregard for the law.
Nicholas Wosinski, 28, of Whitewater, was sentenced by Judge Conley last week to 42 months in prison for his role as the getaway driver during the armed robbery. Acting United States Attorney Anderson praised the coordinated police work by the Jefferson Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in tracking Mizener and Wosinski’s direction of travel after the robbery, resulting in their arrest about an hour after the robbery.
The charges against Nicholas Wosinski and James Mizener were the result of an investigation conducted by the Jefferson Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson.