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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 3, 2014

New Orleans Men Sentenced For Bank Robberies

MYRON SAUNDERS, 35, and LAMAR NERO, 24, both residents of New Orleans, were sentenced today by U. S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown for bank robbery and attempted bank robbery, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr.  SAUNDERS and NERO were sentenced to imprisonment for 228 months and 180 months, respectively.  Each will be placed on 5 years supervised release following incarceration and incur a $500 special assessment.  

In July 2013, following a six-day trial, a federal jury found SAUNDERS and NERO guilty of the June 24, 2011, robbery and December 24, 2011, attempted robbery of a Chase Bank in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as the November 5, 2011, robbery of a Fidelity Homestead Bank in Metairie, Louisiana.  SAUNDERS and NERO were also found guilty of using a firearm during the robbery of the Chase Bank. 

The case was investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and officers and detectives of the New Orleans Police Department and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nolan D. Paige, Harry W. McSherry and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian C. Ebarb.