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Racine man gets nearly 21 years in prison for two armed robberies

RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - A Racine man will spend almost 21 years in prison for robbing two families at gunpoint during a pair of home invasions.  

44-year-old Ivan Rivera-Torres told a pre-sentence investigator that he felt his jury was wrong to convict him. But Circuit Judge Charles Constantine said there was, "overwhelming evidence" to support the jury's guilty verdicts for two counts of burglary and four charges of armed robbery.

The incidents occurred in December of 2010.

In the first break-in, police said Rivera-Torres robbed a babysitter of her jewelry and $20 -- then gave back the money when she swore it was all she had.

The second home invasion occurred on Christmas Eve of 2010, while a family was making tamales for their holiday dinner. Rivera-Torres ended up stealing a laptop.

Beside his prison time, Rivera-Torres must spend 15 years under extended supervision when he's no longer behind bars. The judge also told him to pay his victims $2,000 in restitution.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)