Wisconsin Man Found Guilty in Florida Robbery-Murder Case

United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg has announced that a federal jury has found Alex Jared Zwiefelhofer, 26, from Wisconsin, guilty on multiple charges including conspiracy to commit robbery affecting commerce, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and violating the Neutrality Act. Zwiefelhofer faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 10, 2024. Zwiefelhofer was indicted on December 4, 2019.

During the trial, testimony revealed that on April 10, 2018, two individuals, identified as S.L., Jr. and D.L., were found dead in Estero, Florida, with multiple gunshot wounds. Investigation indicated that the couple had traveled from Brooksville, Florida to Estero to purchase firearms listed on Armslist, an online platform. Zwiefelhofer was identified as one of two individuals suspected of robbing and murdering the couple during the transaction, aiming to take the $3,000 intended for firearm purchase.

Zwiefelhofer, who had previously been AWOL from the U.S. Army and fought in Ukraine in 2017, planned to use the stolen money to fund his travel to Venezuela, where he intended to engage in combat against the government.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

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