RACINE — Standing before a judge about 56 hours after a man was fatally shot during an armed robbery, a Racine man knew he was going to prison.
But Racine County Circuit Judge Tim Boyle tried to drive home how the man could be facing sentencing for homicide, not just the Sept. 12, 2012, armed robbery of a Family Dollar store in Racine.
“It’s an armed robbery. Went into the convenience store (and) made threats to kill her if she didn’t (give him money),” Boyle said of Alfred Lee Carter, 50.
Boyle said that Family Dollar, at 3919 Washington Ave., then was robbed again, at a later date.
“She (the employee) eventually decided to quit that job based on the serious nature of working in that place of employment,” he said.
But for Carter, Boyle said his armed robbery case could have resulted in a much graver consequences. He specifically noted Saturday morning’s fatal shooting amid what Racine police have said was an armed robbery at the American Legion post’s bar, 1234 Douglas Ave. Customer Joseph D. Walker, 47, of Racine, was killed after two men entered the bar at about 1:30 a.m., reportedly to rob it.
“I honestly accept whatever judgement you give me,” Carter said Monday as he stood before Boyle before being sentenced to eight years in prison plus another 10 years on extended supervision.
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That sentence came through an agreement between the prosecutor and Carter’s defense attorney. Boyle approved the agreement and granted him credit for time served. Defense attorney Sally Hoelzel said he’s been jailed in this case since Sept. 12, 2012.
Carter’s sentence will be served concurrent with time he’s already serving after he was revoked because of the armed robbery charge. Hoelzel said he is scheduled to be released from prison in May 2016 on the revocation.
Carter pleaded no contest on Feb. 27 to one count of armed robbery in the Family Dollar robbery.
The cashier told police that a man handed her a note directing her to place money in a bag or he would kill her, according to Carter’s criminal complaint.
The cashier reported the robber pointed a black revolver at her, hidden in a folded magazine-style sales flier, the complaint stated. The cashier said the man then fled with a plastic bag containing the money. As he left the store, a Racine police officer saw him, according to the complaint. Carter matched the description of the armed robber and carried a white bag.
The officer later caught Carter in the 1200 block of West Lawn Avenue, reportedly finding a wad of cash in Carter’s pants pocket. Police said they found a small, black revolver in a backyard in the 1300 block of West Lawn Avenue and a Family Dollar bag in the alley one house north of there after retracing his route.