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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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OCTOBER 17, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


JURY CONVICTS KC MAN OF ARMED ROBBERY

OF TWO BANKS, CREDIT UNION


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today for his role in the armed robbery of two banks and a credit union.


             John L. Williams, 46, of Kansas City, was found guilty of all the charges contained in a March 4, 2008, superseding indictment.


             Williams and four co-defendants stole $5,484 from U.S. Bank, 10201 Holmes, Kansas City, Mo., on July 21, 2007. Williams was also involved in the armed robbery of United Catholic Credit Union, 7043 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, Mo., on May 21, 2007, and the armed robbery of Union Bank, 222 W. Gregory, Kansas City, Mo., on June 22, 2007.


             Williams was found guilty of three counts of armed robbery and three counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence.


             Four co-defendants have pleaded guilty to their roles in the armed robbery of U.S. Bank. Marc K. Kindred, 43, and Herman Hampton, 39, both of Kansas City, pleaded guilty to bank robbery and to using a firearm during a crime of violence. Zaric D. Brown, 32, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty to bank robbery and Diallo C. Pruitt, 36, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting bank robbery.


             Williams, Kindred and Hampton ran into U.S. Bank at approximately 11:30 a.m. on July 21, 2007, shouting “Robbery! Robbery!” Williams pointed his gun at a teller while Kindred jumped over the teller counter and demanded he open his teller drawers and empty them into a pillow case. The robbers then ran from the bank. Police officers detained Kindred and Pruitt a few minutes later as they were seen leaving Williams’ residence. Officers discovered a pillow case containing cash hidden under a vehicle parked in the yard of Williams’ residence and a loaded handgun lying in the yard. Brown admitted that he cased the bank, entering the bank to ostensibly open an account, then communicated to other defendants that there was no guard inside the bank. Pruitt admitted that he drove a stolen vehicle that was used as the getaway car.


            Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated about five hours over two days before returning the guilty verdicts to U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith, ending a trial that began Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008.


            Under federal statutes, Williams is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 57 years in federal prison without parole, up to life in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bruce E. Clark and David A. Barnes. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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