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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007                                     PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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(Beaumont, TX) -        United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today a 44-year-old Vidor man has been sentenced to 384 months in federal prison for armed bank robbery in the Eastern District of Texas. 

ANDRE DAVID LEFFEBRE was convicted by a jury on April 4, 2007 following a two day trial in federal court.  Leffebre was also found guilty of using a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.  Leffebre was sentenced today by United States District Judge Thad Heartfield.

            According to information presented by prosecutors, on September 1, 2004, the Bank One at Parkdale Mall in Beaumont was robbed of over $60,000 in cash and checks by two masked men wearing hardhats and brandishing pistols.  Surveillance film of the robbery was shown widely by local television stations which resulted in the identification of the suspects. 

Shortly after the robbery, Leffebre was arrested by state troopers in Chambers County and found to be in possession of a firearm believed to have been used in the bank robbery.  Leffebre was later indicted by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Texas for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  He was then convicted and sentenced to nearly 25 years in federal prison for that offense.  The other suspect in the bank robbery died of a drug overdose shortly after the robbery.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Rawls.



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