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Bank Robbers Sentenced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2014


Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Orlando Brock, aged 43, of Hartwell, Georgia, and Walter Butler, Jr., aged 45, of Gainesville, Georgia, were sentenced on July 30, 2014 by United States District Court Judge C. Ashley Royal in Athens, Georgia for armed bank robbery.  Mr. Brock was sentenced to serve 16 years (192 months) in Federal prison.  Mr. Butler received a sentence of 7 years (87 months) of incarceration.

On April 21, 2014, Mr. Brock was found guilty of armed bank robbery and Mr. Butler was found guilty of aiding and abetting a bank robbery following a five day jury trial. Evidence presented at trial showed that on September 22, 2011, Mr. Butler and Mr. Brock, aided and abetted by Allen Colbert and Juan Vladimir Camp, robbed the North Georgia Credit Union in Lavonia, Georgia.  Mr. Brock organized and planned the robbery.  Mr. Butler was the driver.  Approximately $310,500 in currency was taken from the bank.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Lavonia Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol.  Assistant United States Attorneys Graham Thorpe and Sonja B. Profit represented the Government in the prosecution of the case.

“When people commit bank robberies in the Middle District of Georgia, they might as well pack a toothbrush, because my office will use every resource we have to make sure they go straight to jail for a long time.  It doesn’t matter if you are doing the planning or doing the driving, the law is going to ultimately catch up with you,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated:  The lengthy sentences imposed on these two defendants reflect the serious nature of armed bank robbery.  The FBI is proud of the role it played in working with its law enforcement partners in the area to get two violent offenders off of our streets and making our community a safer place for all.”

Questions regarding this matter should be directed to Karen Moore of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia (478/621-2606; karen.f.moore@usdoj.gov).
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