Waco and Temple Bank Robber Sentenced to 51 Years in Federal Prison
|U.S. Attorney’s Office October 20, 2010|
United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced that in Waco this afternoon, United States District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., sentenced 48-year-old Ronnie Keith Kelley, of Dallas, Texas, to 51 years in federal prison and ordered that he pay $590,476.13 restitution for committing two bank robberies in February.
On July 28, 2010, a jury convicted Kelley of two counts of bank robbery, two counts of using a firearm during a bank robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery. Based on evidence presented in court, jurors found that on February 2, 2010, Kelley robbed the Independent Bank located on Bosque Boulevard in Waco. Jurors also found that nine days later, Kelly robbed the Bank of America located on South General Bruce Drive in Temple, Texas. Both robberies were carried out at gunpoint.
Kelley’s co-defendant, 48-year-old Benjamin Alexander Potts, of Dallas, is charged with two counts each of bank robbery and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence. No trial date has been scheduled.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation together with the Waco and Temple Police Departments. Assistant United States Attorney Greg Gloff is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.