Orlando Rapper ‘Fella’ Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Armed Bank Robbery
|U.S. Attorney’s Office April 25, 2014|
ORLANDO—Senior U.S. District Judge John Antoon, II today sentenced Dewarren Antoine Lewis, a/k/a “Fella,” (28, Orlando) to 35 years in federal prison for two counts of bank robbery with assault and two counts of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. The court also ordered Lewis to serve a three-year term of supervision, following his prison sentence, and to forfeit a Jimenez Arms .380 pistol and six rounds of ammunition, which were used in the commission of the crimes. A federal jury found Lewis guilty on January 14, 2014.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on January 9, 2013, Lewis robbed the Wells Fargo Bank in Orlando at gunpoint, before fleeing with over $9,000. On March 20, 2013, Lewis robbed the Regions Bank in Orlando. As he did in the Wells Fargo robbery, Lewis rushed into the bank, covered from head to toe, wearing a stocking over his face. He then pointed his gun at bank employees, forced his way behind the teller line, and filled his bag with the bank’s money. After fleeing the bank, a witness saw Lewis take off his disguise and drive away from the scene. Lewis then led police on a high-speed chase through the streets of Orlando before bailing out his car and running away on foot. When Orange County deputy sheriffs finally apprehended him, Lewis was carrying a bag filled with over $23,000 that he had just stolen from the Regions Bank.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Orange County Sherriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph M. Schuster.