Dierre Cotton sentenced Thursday for Aldi robbery

Dierre Cotton

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Dierre Cotton, one of two men accused of trying to rob an Aldi store in January 2012, was sentenced on Thursday, April 11th.

Cotton was sentenced to eight years in prison, seven years of extended supervision and around $5,000 in restitution in the case.

Cotton pleaded guilty to three counts of armed robbery with use of force.

Cotton and another man, Edyon Hibbler, are accused of walking into the Aldi store near 76th and Villard on the city’s north side  in February 2012. Milwaukee police say Cotton came into the Aldi store armed with a shotgun, with the intent to rob the store, but he left empty-handed.

A customer in the store pulled out his weapon and shot Cotton. Cotton and Hibbler fled the store. Cotton suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and a graze wound on his head, so Hibbler drove him to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment.

When police questioned Cotton, the complaint says Cotton needed the money “to pay for school.” He told officers he used the gun in the robbery to scare people, and said it was not loaded.