Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Man receives one year in jail after Lakeside robbery

December 23, 2010

A 27-year-old Bloomfield Township man was sentenced Dec. 10 to one year in Walworth County Jail.

Kenneth T. Cotton, N1192 Highway H, No. 7, pleaded guilty Oct. 6 to robbery with use of force.

A five-year prison sentence was imposed but stayed, which means he will only serve the sentence if he violates the terms of his probation.

He also received a 2-1/2 years of extended supervision and four years of probation.

His probation could be reduced to three years if he doesn’t have any violations.

His one-year jail sentence is with work release privileges. Cotton also will receive a 174 day credit for the time he has served since his arrest.

A co-defendant, Edgar M. Lopez, 23, same address as Cotton, pleaded guilty Sept. 3 to an attempted armed robbery charge.

A Jan. 20 sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Lopez.

Both men had misdemeanor charges of theft and disorderly conduct dismissed but read into the record.

According to the criminal complaint:

On June 19 at 5 p.m., police were dispatched to the Lakeside Store, N1457 Orchid Drive.

When police arrived they spoke to the store owner who said two men entered and attempted to break into the cash register.

The owner said the two men, who he knew as Kenny and Edgar, entered the store and asked him to cash a check for $129.

The owner refused.

Cotton then walked behind the register and took a pack of cigarettes.

Cotton then held the store owner as Lopez attempted to open the cash register, but a woman entered the store and the two left.

Lopez told police the two planned to steal money from the register because they were out of work and had no money for food or clothes and were desperate.

Cotton told police that what they did was “horrible.”

When the officer asked what they did, Cotton responded, “We robbed the poor guy.”