A federal appeals court on Monday rejected appeals of sentences handed down last year to two former football standouts who took part in a series of Madison area robberies. 

Twin brothers Jack and William Ikegwuonu, 30, argued in their appeal that U.S. District Judge William Conley should have taken into account a mandatory seven-year sentence for brandishing a gun during the November 2014 robberies while he fashioned sentences for their robbery convictions.

By law, the seven-year sentence must be served consecutively to any other sentence.

Writing for a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Joel Flaum wrote that it appeared Conley had considered the mandatory seven-year sentence for gun brandishing when deciding the robbery sentences.

Jack Ikegwuonu, who played football at UW-Madison, received a 9½-year prison sentence, while William Ikegwuonu, who played at Northern Illinois, received nine years. Both were stars at Madison Memorial High School. 

The robberies were carried out to fund the brothers' heroin addictions. Both are incarcerated at the federal prison near Elkton, Ohio. 

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