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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Georgia

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Savannah Man Pleads Guilty To Two Armed Robberies

SAVANNAH, GA: RICO LAVON EDWARDS, 30, of Savannah, Georgia, pled guilty earlier this month before United States District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield for his role in the armed robberies of the Savannah Postal Credit Union and of Barnett Educational Supplies. 

According to evidence presented during his guilty plea hearing, on November 8, 2012, EDWARDS, along with an accomplice, committed an armed bank robbery at the Savannah Postal Credit Union, and took less than $1000 in cash.  Less than two weeks later, on November 19, 2012, EDWARDS robbed Barnett Educational Supplies in Savannah, Georgia.

The armed bank robbery count to which EDWARDS pled guilty carries a maximum statutory penalty of up to 25 years in prison; a fine up to $250,000; and 5 years of supervised release.  The commercial robbery count to which EDWARDS also pled guilty carries a maximum statutory penalty of up to 20 years in prison; a fine up to $250,000; and 3 years of supervised release. EDWARDS sentencing will be scheduled after the United States Probation Office completes a presentence investigation.

The charges against EDWARDS were the result of a joint investigation conducted by the FBI and the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorneys J. Maria Waters and Brian Rafferty are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.  For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

Updated April 10, 2015