Cigarette bandit gets five years
Seth D. Woodhouse, 19, was captured after a witness told police he'd seen a red truck driven near Handa Mart without its headlights turned on.
The man suspected of being the getaway driver, Ryan Severt, address unknown, is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 24 on a charge of party to armed robbery.
The robbers gained notoriety by taking Newport cigarettes in a string of armed holdups, police said.
According to a criminal complaint:
Woodhouse entered Handa Mart wearing an orange ski mask and a pair of sunglasses.
Woodhouse threatened to kill the store operator and a customer if either called police.
The truck was spotted by town of Delavan police. With the help of Williams Bay police and Walworth County sheriff's deputies, the truck was cornered in a "high risk traffic stop." Woodhouse and Severt were in the truck, along with a carton of Newport cigarettes, $419 in cash and a black BB handgun.
Woodhouse later admitted to police that he had robbed Handa Mart and committed three earlier armed robberies in Illinois. Severt told police he was promised $20 for driving the truck.
Woodhouse pled guilty in September to the local charge and was sentenced late last week by Walworth County Judge Robert Kennedy. He will serve five years of extended supervision after leaving prison.
Severt told police he drove Woodhouse in two of the Illinois robberies.
Severt in November pled guilty to party to armed robbery in the Handa Mart hold-up.
Last updated: 3:52 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012