LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- A teen was sentenced to eight years in prison and eight years of supervised release in connection with two armed robberies that occurred in October 2012.
DeAaron Appleton, 18, plead guilty to two counts of armed burglary as party to a crime in March.
According to police Appleton is a member of the 'Get Money Boys Gang' a group that targets drug dealers in robberies.
During the sentencing Appleton apologized and say he did not want to lead a life of crime. However Judge Pasell said there's a need to protect the community and he is concerned that a gun stolen during one of the robberies has not been recovered. He said he wanted to make an example out of Appleton.
"It's not enough to come in to court and say I'm young and I'm willing to change," Pasell said at the sentencing. "That when you engage in something this terrible, this frightening, this awful, there are going to be consequences that flow from that. An example has to be set to deter others from even thinking that you can get together with a bunch of people, get guns, invade someone's home, terrorize them and then expect to be treated with leniency."
As the sentence was read, Appleton was visibly upset.
Another member of the "Get Money Boys," Areschial Page, who is charged in connection with one of the robberies, is scheduled for a plea hearing May 15.
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