Indianapolis man sentenced to 32 years in prison after string of business robberies
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 13, 2015) – An Indianapolis man responsible for a string of nearly two dozen business robberies over a two-year span was sentenced to 32 years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt handed down the sentence Thursday for Jeffery Wilson Jr., 32, after he pleaded guilty to two counts of brandishing a firearm during a violent crime.
Wilson had prior state felony convictions for theft, commercial robbery, carrying a handgun without a license and domestic battery. The FBI Safe Streets Task Force and IMPD Robbery Unit arrested him in February after a robbery at Advance Auto Parts on Kentucky Avenue in Indianapolis.
Prosecutors linked Wilson to 23 business robberies spanning Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Lafayette, Columbus, Shelbyville, Marion, Kokomo and Anderson from November 2013 through February 2015. His targets included three pawn shops, five GameStop locations and several check cashing/payday loan businesses.
The judge ordered Wilson to pay restitution in the case, which is expected to exceed $42,000.