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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Wisconsin

For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Scott C. Blader
, United States Attorney
Contact: AUSA Assigned

Madison Man and Milwaukee Woman Charged with Armed Robbery

 

Jeremiah D. Edwards, 33, Madison, Wisconsin, and Kanasha L. Woods, 24, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are charged with the armed robbery of a Town of Blooming Grove business, and with brandishing firearms during this crime of violence. The indictment alleges that Edwards and Woods robbed the O’Reilly Auto Parts store on

South Stoughton Road on November 8, 2018, and that they brandished firearms while committing the robbery.

Edwards and Woods were charged with these offenses in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court on November 13. Federal law requires that felony offenses be charged by an indictment returned by a grand jury within 30 days of the date a criminal complaint is filed. Woods has been detained since her initial appearance on November 13 and Edwards has yet to appear in federal court.

If convicted, Edwards and Woods face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the robbery charge, and a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years on the charge of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Federal law requires that any penalty imposed for this charge be served consecutive to any sentence imposed on the robbery charge.

The charges against Edwards and Woods are the result of an investigation by the Madison and Middleton Police Departments, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey Stephan.

The charges against Edwards and Woods have been brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the U.S. Justice Department’s program to reduce violent crime. The PSN approach emphasizes coordination between state and federal prosecutors and all levels of law enforcement to address gun crime, especially felons illegally possessing firearms and ammunition and violent and drug crimes that involve the use of firearms.

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