United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2008 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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JEFFERSON COUNTY RESIDENTS INDICTED BY
FEDERAL GRAND JURY FOR CAR-JACKING
BEAUMONT, TX—United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging six Jefferson County residents with federal charges related to a December car-jacking in the Eastern District of Texas.
The following persons were named in the three-count federal indictment:
JOHN FITZGERALD RICE, JR., 23, of Port Arthur;
JOSHUA JEROME HAYWARD, aka BRANDON METOYER, 19, of Port Arthur;
SARAH LYNN CORMIER, 21, of Port Arthur;
ALDRAIN JERAY BOOKER, 21, of Nederland;
WILLIAM GENE STANTON, 20, of Nederland; and
KEISHA GUIDRY, 19, of Nederland.
According to the indictment, on December 18, 2007, the defendants followed a Groves woman from Port Neches to her home where they threatened her at gunpoint, ordered her into the passenger seat of her vehicle and had her withdraw money from an Automated Teller Machine before releasing her and leaving with her vehicle.
The defendants were each charged with one count of conspiring to take a motor vehicle which had been shipped in interstate commerce by force and intimidation with intent to cause death and serious bodily harm; one count of car-jacking and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
The defendants each face up to 15 years in federal prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000.00 for the car-jacking offenses and up to 7 years stacked on top of the other penalties for the weapons charge.
This case is being investigated by the Port Arthur Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Englade.
It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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