One of half a dozen suspects named in connection with two strong-armed robberies in December 2017 in Barron and Chetek will serve four years in prison for his role in the incidents, according to Barron County Circuit Court documents.

At a sentencing hearing on Thursday, May 30, 19-year-old Zachary A. Schwanke, of Cumberland, was sentenced to a pair of consecutive, two-year prison terms in connection with a break-in and robbery at a Barron apartment and, later the same night, at a private home in Chetek.

Schwanke was given credit for 184 days already served in jail, shortening the prison term to three years and six months, court documents said.

Schwanke and three other men were named in felony complaints filed Dec. 28, 2017. A fifth defendant was briefly held in jail and later released, but was charged in February 2018. A sixth defendant—a 14-year-old juvenile at the time the crimes were committed—provided information during an interview at a detention facility in Eau Claire.

Both break-ins took place the night of Dec. 19, 2017. At Barron, the intruders wore masks and carried a BB gun when they forced their way into the apartment. They held the apartment dweller at gunpoint, took several items and fled.

At Chetek, one person was injured when one of the intruders allegedly hit him with a baseball bat. The thieves made off with a pair of athletic shoes, court records said.

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