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MILWAUKEE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that today, June 3, 2009, Jessie L. Warren of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was convicted of 1 count of Attempted Armed Robbery (Use of Force). The charge is a felony offense that carries a maximum penalty of a $50,000 fine and 20 years imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for September 10, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. before the Honorable Dennis Cimpl.
By pleading guilty, Warren admitted that on February 19, 2009, he attempted to obtain money from a cashier at the Real Chili restaurant at 419 East Wells Street in Milwaukee. Warren ordered the cashier to give him money and threatened to kill him. Warren also told the cashier he had a gun. When Warren and the cashier began struggling over the cash register, Warren produced a small knife and attempted to stab the cashier in the hand. Warren then fled without obtaining money.
Warren was convicted of Robbery in 1998 and again in 2007. He was on probation for the latter offense at the time of the attempted armed robbery in this case.
Attorneys for the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) have been acting as special prosecutors for Milwaukee County in this case. Pursuant to the plea agreement, the state will recommend a sentence of 7-8 years of initial confinement followed by 6-7 years of extended supervision.
Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas is representing the state.