Alabama Men Found Guilty of Robbing Eight Banks Across the South
GULFPORT, MS—Following a two week trial in United States District Court in Gulfport, Keith Anthony Kiel, 38, of Mobile, Alabama, and Randy Laverne Marshall, 34, of Pritchard, Alabama, were found guilty of carrying out a series of eight bank robberies across the Southeast, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp.
The defendants were charged with bank robberies spanning from March 2008 through May 2013 in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and the investigation involved federal, state and local law enforcement from four federal judicial districts. The defendants were charged in three separate federal indictments which were consolidated together for trial.
Kiel was found guilty on eleven separate criminal counts including bank robbery, conspiracy to commit bank robbery, brandishing a firearm during a violent felony, interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, and witness intimidation. Marshall was found guilty on seventeen counts of bank robbery, conspiracy to commit bank robbery, brandishing a firearm during a violent felony, and interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle.
Three of the robberies occurred from March—June 2008 with the other five robberies occurring from December 2012 through May 2013. Most of an approximately four-year gap in the robberies coincided with a period from July 2008 to May 2012 when defendant Randy Marshall was in continuous custody for another conviction.
A chronological list of the eight bank robberies in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida is as follows:
- Regions Bank, Bienville Boulevard, Ocean Springs, MS (3/4/08)
- First Federal Savings and Loan, U.S. Highway 90, Gautier, MS (5/13/08)
- Regions Bank, Eisenhower Drive, Biloxi, MS (6/19/08)
- Merchants & Marine Bank, Mississippi Highway 613, Moss Point, MS (12/13/12)
- Wells Fargo Bank, Mobile Highway, Pensacola, FL (1/28/13)
- Hancock Bank, Cowan Road, Gulfport, MS (3/20/13)
- Bancorp South, Fort Dale Road, Greenville, AL (5/2/13)
- Hancock Bank, Main Street, Moss Point, MS (5/17/13)
Marshall was arrested on May 19, 2013, on a state warrant just days after the Hancock Bank robbery in Moss Point, and Kiel was arrested on a federal warrant in September 2013. Both Kiel and Marshall will be sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. on October 14, 2014. The maximum penalty for each count of bank robbery is 25 years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine. The maximum penalty for each count of conspiracy is five years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine. The maximum penalty for brandishing a firearm during a violent felony is not less than seven years in prison (consecutive to other penalties) and a $250,000.00 fine for the first conviction and not less than 25 years in prison (consecutive to other penalties) and a $250,000.00 fine each for subsequent convictions. The maximum penalty for each count of interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle is 10 years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine. The maximum penalty for witness intimidation is 20 years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine. Two other co-defendants in the case, Lamarcus Moore and Reginald Robinson of Saraland, Alabama, previously pled guilty to related charges and were cooperating accomplice witnesses against Kiel and Marshall. Moore pled guilty to one count of bank robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery. He will be sentenced on September 4, 2014. Robinson pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery and will be sentenced on July 28, 2014.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with substantial assistance from the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, and the FBI Cellular Analysis Survey Team. Also assisting in the case were multiple other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies including substantial assistance from the Mississippi and Alabama State Crime Labs. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stan Harris.