Three men who pleaded guilty to robbing an armored vehicle in January outside of the Wal-Mart store in Oakwood received prison sentences Wednesday from Senior U.S. District Judge William C. O’Kelley.
Terry Lamar Rivers, 20, Antonio Cequan Gore, 21, and Montez Antwan Walker, 26, all of Atlanta, were indicted by a federal grand jury in February on a charge of robbery affecting interstate commerce. They each pleaded guilty in May.
Rivers and Gore each were sentenced to six years, six months in prison. Walker was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in prison. Upon release, each man will serve three years of supervised release.
Additionally, the men must pay $23,091.50 restitution to cover the armored car courier’s medical expenses to treat injuries suffered during the robbery as well as lost wages.
“These defendants boldly robbed an armored car at a busy Wal-Mart during business hours. Their actions endangered not only the courier, but everyone nearby,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said. “The sentences imposed today reflect the seriousness of their crime and the danger that their actions and flight posed to the community.”
Ricky Maxwell, acting special agent in charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, credited officers of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Gwinnett County Police Department and Oakwood Police Department for helping to catch the suspects.
“Today’s sentencing was a direct result of that outstanding coordinated law enforcement response involving several jurisdictions,” Maxwell said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ellen V. Endrizzi prosecuted the case.
According to Yates, the charges and other information presented in court, the three men and a fourth man known only as “Finesse” robbed an armored car Jan. 11 as it made a delivery to the Wal-Mart in Oakwood. The defendants grabbed the courier, stole $75,000 and fled from the scene.
Witnesses called police and provided a description of the getaway SUV. Police pursued the defendants, who lost control of the SUV and crashed into a creek near Woodward Mill Road in Suwanee.
The defendants ran through the creek and woods but three were apprehended by police canine units, and the stolen money was recovered.
The fourth suspect remains at large. Anyone with information regarding his identity or whereabouts is asked to contact FBI Atlanta at 404-679-9000.