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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of Wisconsin

For Immediate Release

March 29, 2011

John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney

Contact: Rita M. Rumbelow, Director of Community Relations
(608) 264-5158

Madison Man Sentenced to 188 Months for Armed Robbery

Madison, Wis. — John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Carl Potts, 30, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 188 months in prison, without the possibility of parole, for his role in the armed robbery of Steve’s Liquor store on May 10, 2010. Potts pleaded guilty to this charge on December 29, 2010.

At sentencing Potts asked Judge Crabb for leniency, but because of his extensive and violent criminal history, Judge Crabb stated that it was long past when Potts should get another chance and that it was the community’s turn to be safe from him because he is a predator.

Potts committed this armed robbery with co–defendant Christopher Singleman. On March 16, 2011, Judge Crabb sentenced Singleman to 22 years in prison.

The charge against Potts was the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.