Federal Jury Convicts Georgia Man for Armed Bank Robbery in Munford
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 12, 2010|
BIRMINGHAM—A federal jury today convicted a Georgia man for conspiring with and committing an armed bank robbery with three other individuals in Munford in June, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick Maley.
The jury convicted TYCORY “T.C.” HILL, 24, of Decatur, Ga., of conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery, armed bank robbery, and using a firearm during a crime of violence, all in connection with the June 10 robbery of the Munford Branch of the First National Bank of Talladega. Jurors returned their verdict after deliberating about three hours on the two days of testimony before U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler.
“Good, solid police work by local and federal law enforcement, working together, led to one of the defendants, who cooperated and provided information that led to the other defendants in the bank robbery,” Vance said. “Three men burst into the Munford bank brandishing guns, threatening the lives of everyone inside and taking more than $177,000. The law enforcement officers in this case deserve to be commended for apprehending the bank robbers and helping bring them all to justice,” she said.
Two of the co-defendants, cousins JUSTIN COLE, 21, and JOHNATHAN COLE, 20, both of Gadsden, pleaded guilty in August to the conspiracy, armed robbery and firearm counts. BRITTNEY TRIMBLE, 20, also of Gadsden, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and armed robbery. All three testified for the government in HILL’s trial.
According to testimony, the bank robbery occurred as follows:
HILL and the two other men, JUSTIN and JOHNATHAN COLE, entered the bank in Munford on June 10 armed and wearing either a mask or bandana over their faces. The robbers jumped the teller counter, pointed guns at tellers, demanded money and threatened to kill tellers if they did not comply. The robbers took money from the bank vault and from teller drawers, escaping with about $177,795.
The robbers fled the bank in a stolen car, which they drove to a nearby apartment complex and abandoned. TRIMBLE was waiting at the complex with another getaway car.
The maximum prison sentence for conspiracy to commit armed robbery is five years. The maximum prison sentence for armed bank robbery is 25 years. The firearms charge carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of seven years and a maximum of life in prison. The firearms sentence must be served consecutively to any sentence on the other convictions.
This case was investigated by the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office, special agents of the FBI field office in Gadsden, the Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit and the Gadsden Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jim Weil and Praveen Krishna.