United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger has announced that last Friday, United States District Judge Pamela Pepper sentenced Deon Batton to 12 ½ years in prison after he pled guilty to committing five armed robberies in Milwaukee and one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. Judge Pepper previously sentenced Batton’s co-defendant, Laura Walton, to 10 years in prison after she pled guilty to committing five armed robberies and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Neither defendant had a felony conviction prior to their arrest for the armed robberies.
As part of their plea agreements, Batton and Walton admitted to robbing two Subway restaurants, a Cousin’s Subs restaurant, a Taco Bell, and a GameStop store between October 9 and 11, 2017. During each robbery, one or both of them brandished handguns and pointed them at employees. During one of the Subway robberies, Batton discharged his weapon at a security monitor. Under federal law, the discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence, like a robbery, requires a 10-year mandatory minimum prison sentence; brandishing a firearm requires a 7-year mandatory minimum prison sentence.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Milwaukee Area Violent Crimes Task Force, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Milwaukee County District Attorney Investigator’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Margaret B. Honrath.
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Author: February 8, 2019