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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

TWO BROTHERS SENTENCED FOR ARMED ROBBERY

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that in federal court in Wilmington yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced LIONEL HAYWOOD JORDAN, 26, to a 171-month prison term and PHILLIP JORDAN, 20, both from Mechanicsville, Virginia, to a 130-month prison. On December 11, 2006, the JORDAN brothers pled guilty to the December 2, 2005 armed robbery of Gateway Bank and Trust, 1404 West Ehringhaus Street in Elizabeth City, North Carolina and to use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Also as part of his plea agreement, LIONEL JORDAN pled guilty to the August 20, 2005 armed robbery of Citizens and Farmers Bank in Mechanicsville, Virginia. The defendants were charged in an indictment filed on February 9, 2006.

Both brothers were armed with handguns during the robbery, during which PHILLIP JORDAN held the tellers and staff at gunpoint while LIONEL JORDAN leapt the teller line and stole approximately

$6,248.00. An Elizabeth City Police officer was slightly injured during the foot chase of PHILLIP JORDAN, which occurred during the arrest of the defendants shortly following the robbery. Investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John H. Bennett of the Greenville branch office is handling the case for the Government.

 

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