Man pleads guilty to May 8 robberies in Janesville, Beloit

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Frank Schultz
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

JANESVILLEA Janesville man charged in three robberies in Janesville and Beloit in May pleaded guilty in Rock County Court on Tuesday.

Thomas J. McKee, 30, of 1214 Cherry St., pleaded guilty to two of three charges of robbery as a repeat offender.

Each charge carries a maximum prison term of 46 years. The third charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Also as part of the agreement, the district attorney’s office agreed to argue for no more than 20 years in prison followed by 15 years of extended supervision, said defense attorney Steven Zaleski.

The robberies started early the morning of May 8 and continued through the morning. Police said men with knives demanded cash and cartons of cigarettes from the Speedway gas station at Milwaukee and Cranston roads, Beloit, and Lions Quick Mart, 1620 W. Highway 14, Janesville, and then demanded cash at Walgreens at Madison Road and Sun Valley Drive, Beloit.

McKee and Ray D. Trickie, 34, of Beloit threatened clerks with steak knives and exchanged the cash and cigarettes for crack cocaine, smoking the drug between robberies, according to the criminal complaint.

McKee told arresting officers that he was a cocaine addict who got out of prison April 18 after serving eight years for armed robbery, according to the criminal complaint.

Judge Michael Haakenson ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for March 1.

Trickie pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to two of the three robbery charges and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec.1.

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