Three men were sentenced to a federal prison after being convicted of having employees in a central central bank in Georgia and robbery, according to prosecutors.
Antavious Bray, 31, of Greenville, Derrick Scott, 27, of Manchester, and Asis Sheffield, 21, of Greenville, received sentences of at least 10 years in prison for their role in the "takeover" robbery, USA The Attorney General BJay Pak said on Tuesday in a news release.
The case is pending against a fourth man, Dontavious Prather, prosecutors said the car to the United Bank in Woodbury shortly after noon on June 28, 2018.
Bray, Scott and Sheffield got out of the car wearing masks, Pak said. Bray had a semi-automatic armed rifle, Scott and Sheffield had hand guns.
Pak said that Bray had put his gun at two bank employees and ordered them to face the floor and Scott and Sheffield threatened and interrupted the banks.
Men filled with dome pieces from the dome, Pak said. The three then left through a back door.
When the men got outside, however, they realized that their getaway driver left them behind, Pak said. The men ran into a nearby wooded area, he said.
Sometimes FBI agents found Bray and Scott hiding in a nearby house that was broken into, Pak said.
Sheffield was later arrested after hints that saw footage of the robbery of local news stations called investigators and said they saw it. It was confirmed as the third gun man by DNA testimony.
All three men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit the Hobbs Act and to brake a firearm during a violent crime.
12 years and 10 months in prison were sentenced to Bray and Scott, plus five years of supervised release, Pak said. Sheffield was sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release. All three were ordered to pay a full refund to the victims, Pak said.
Prather, 23, of Greenville, pleaded guilty to a charge in December. He is waiting for a trial.
“The defendants chose this bank to rob and in the terrorist process of its employees,” said Pak. “Thanks to a quick response to law enforcement, they lost their car getaway and subsequently their freedom.”
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