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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008                                                    PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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TYKER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that three East Texas men have been sentenced for a federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

AKEEM BERNARD STROUPE, 21, and BRANDON SCOTT LOVE, 21, both of Carthage, Texas, pleaded guilty on September 24, 2007 to bank robbery and were each sentenced to 60 months in federal prison today by United States District Judge Michael H. Schneider. 

According to information presented in Court, Stroupe, an employee of the bank, and Love robbed the Farmers State Bank located in Carthage, Texas on May 31, 2007, after three previous failed attempts.  A third co-defendant was involved in the first two failed attempts.  They restrained a female teller and Love ordered Stroupe to open the vault as they had previously discussed.  They then stole U.S. currency from the bank.   A federal indictment was returned by the Grand Jury in Tyler on June 5, 2007, charging all three men.   

            This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Panola County District Attorney’s Office and the Carthage Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

In a separate case, ZACHARY DAVID KISER, 27, of Lindale, pleaded guilty on August 29, 2007 to being a methamphetamine user in possession of a firearm.  Kiser was sentenced today to 15 months in federal prison by Judge Schneider.

            According to information presented in court, Kiser was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 1, 2007.

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the University of Texas at Tyler Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.



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