BIRMINGHAM—A federal grand jury today indicted a Huntsville man for robberies at three North Alabama banks in 2010, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Maley.
A five-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges TAVARES ANTWAN OLIVER, 35, with the armed bank robberies of CB&S Bank on University Drive in Huntsville on September 29, 2010 and of Bancorp South on Hughes Road in Madison on October 25, 2010. The indictment charges Oliver with brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence in each of those robberies. More than $93,000 was taken in the CB&S robbery. The indictment also charges Oliver with bank robbery at Peoples Bank on Beltline Road in Decatur on December 8, 2010.
Two other men have been convicted and sentenced in connection to the 2010 North Alabama bank robberies.
U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre on Tuesday sentenced RONALD LEWIS HENDERSON, 26, also of Huntsville, to six years and three months in prison for the armed robbery at CB&S Bank in September 2010 and the robbery of Peoples Bank in December 2010. Henderson pleaded guilty to the charges in December. In his plea agreement with the government, Henderson admitted that he and Oliver entered the CB&S bank wearing disguises and that, at gunpoint, they stole $93,000 from the bank. Henderson also admitted entering the Peoples Bank with Oliver and demanding a teller put money in a plastic bag. Decatur Police saw the men leaving the bank and both were arrested after fleeing police.
U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn in December sentenced ANTHONY SHAWN CLARK JR., 23, of Madison, to four years and 10 months in prison for the 2010 robbery of Bancorp South in Madison. Clark pleaded guilty to the charge in May. In his plea agreement, Clark admitted that he and Oliver entered the bank wearing disguises, Oliver brandished a gun, and Clark ordered a teller to put money in a backpack Clark was carrying. The men saw Madison Police approaching the bank and fled. Both were arrested shortly thereafter.
The maximum sentence for armed bank robbery is 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The sentence for brandishing a gun during a crime of violence carries a minimum mandatory sentence of seven years in prison, which must be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed for the crime. The maximum sentence for bank robbery is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The FBI, along with Decatur, Madison and Huntsville police, investigated the bank robberies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Stuart Burrell is prosecuting the cases.
Members of the public are reminded that an indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.