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Last of Four Defendants Sentenced for
Conspiracy to Rob Metro Bank

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2012

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The last of four men convicted in connection with a metro bank robbery was sentenced by United States District Judge David L. Russell, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. The four men charged, convicted and sentenced for this robbery are as follows:

    • On March 23, 2011, DEANTHONY MARQUEZ WEEMS, 29, of Jonesboro, Georgia, pled guilty to bank robbery and for brandishing a firearm in furtherance of the bank robbery. Weems was sentenced on May 23, 2012, to serve 110 months, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $10,122.
    • On January 4, 2012, JOHN CLEVELAND, III, 40, of Atlanta, Georgia, pled guilty to aiding and abetting the bank robbery. Cleveland was sentenced on May 15, 2012, to serve 144 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $10,122.
    • On April 14, 2012, DELTON RAY NEAL, 34, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, pled guilty to possessing and disposing of stolen bank money. Neal was sentenced on July 2, 2012, to serve 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $10,122.
    • On May 7, 2012, QUINCY LAMAR BENTON, 40, of Yukon, Oklahoma, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery. Earlier this week, Benton was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $10,122.

According to court records and information from the plea and sentencing hearings, on December 14, 2010, Benton and Cleveland came up with a plan to rob the Bank of the West, located at 5401 N.W. 23rd Street, in Oklahoma City. Cleveland recruited Weems who, with a juvenile, robbed the Bank. Neal provided the getaway car and drove during the getaway. Cleveland and Weems were stopped by a Texas State Trooper on I-20 near Canton, Texas, where large amounts of cash were discovered. Although over $96,000 was stolen, law enforcement recovered all but $10,122.

These charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Altshuler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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