A 23-year-old Platteville man was sentenced to six years in prison and 12 years extended supervision on nine felony charges from a February 2015 armed robbery.
Devonte Shamar Arms was found guilty in a jury trial Dec. 9 of two counts of party to burglary — building or dwelling and seven counts of party to armed robbery with threat of force, all felony charges.
In addition to the prison and extended supervision sentences, Grant County Circuit Judge Craig Day ordered Arms to provide a DNA sample, participate in counseling as determined by the state Department of Corrections, and pay court costs.
The robbery charges each have maximum sentences of 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines, and the burglary charges each have maximum sentences of six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Police said five victims in a Fox Ridge Road residence reported they were robbed by three masked males, one of whom was armed with a rifle, another with a handgun. The victims were told to lie down on the floor face down while the suspects took their wallets and other belongings, police said. One of the victims was hit in the face, though not seriously injured.
Police said after the burglary the residence “was possibly targeted based on past relationships.”
The Fox Ridge Road investigation revealed that a similar armed robbery had taken place the previous night on Division Street around 11 p.m. That robbery also involved three males, police said.
Arms was the only person to have been charged in connection with the robberies. The other suspects have not been positively identified or arrested. Anyone with information is asked to call police, 348-2313.