Brothers Get Long Federal Prison Sentences for Armed Bank Robbery, Assault on a Federal Officer and Related Firearms Offenses
DALLAS — Brothers Johnny Charles Butler, 46, and James Robert Cleveland Butler, 44, of Quinlan, Texas, were sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 35 years and 25 years, respectively, in federal prison, following their guilty pleas earlier this year, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Johnny Butler pleaded guilty to two counts of armed bank robbery, one count of assaulting a federal officer and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. James Butler pleaded guilty to two counts of armed bank robbery and one count of using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Both have been in custody since their arrest in August 2012.
According to documents filed in the case, both Johnny Butler and James Butler admitted committing the armed, takeover-style robberies of Bank of America, 100 West Highway 80, Forney, Texas, on November 25, 2011, and May 18, 2012.
Johnny Butler also admitted firing three shots from a .357 caliber pistol at FBI SWAT agents while they were attempting to execute a federal search warrant at his Quinlan residence on August 2, 2012.
The investigation was conducted by the Safe Street Violent Crime Task Force of the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Robinson was in charge of the prosecution.
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