Federal officials in Savannah have sentenced a violent felon to more than 50 years in federal prison for attempted robbery, carjacking, and firearms offenses in Chatham and Ware counties.
Court officials also said that that man, Alfred Wisher, 39, of Savannah sexually abused a juvenile at gunpoint during his crime spree.
This, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia.
“Wisher previously served time in prison for series of violent armed robberies in New York, and he currently faces a state charge of attempted murder in Vermont, for which he is presumed innocent. His crime spree in Georgia started in 2019 when he came to Savannah. As shown in court documents and evidence presented at trial and sentencing, Wisher was in a relationship with a juvenile female. During an argument, Wisher brandished a pistol and fired a bullet into a bed near the young female; he later raped her at gunpoint,” according to the press release.
“Days later, Wisher struck his roommate in the head and stole a firearm. Wisher gave that stolen pistol to Samuel Renardo Chisholm, 29, of Savannah, also a convicted felon. On July 25, 2019, Wisher and Chisholm carjacked at gunpoint a mother visiting Savannah, stealing her Ford Escape. Wisher and Chisholm drove the stolen Escape to Ware County the next day, where Wisher attempted to rob a retired preschool teacher as she walked into the TJ Maxx store in Waycross, Ga., to shop. Chisholm drove Wisher away from the attempted robbery.”
U.S. Marshals arrested Wisher in Savannah in July 2019, after finding him standing near the stolen Ford Escape.
Court officials sentenced Wisher to just over 53 years in prison after a federal jury in July 2021 found him guilty on 11 felony counts related to a July 2019 series of violent crimes and firearm offenses in the Savannah and Waycross areas. U.S. District Court Judge R. Stan Baker also ordered Wisher to pay $6,217.40 in restitution and to serve five years of supervised release after completion of his prison term.
“Judge Baker recommended that the Bureau of Prisons place Wisher at a facility as far away as possible from Savannah,” according to the press release.
“There is no parole in the federal system.”
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