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Last Man Ordered to Prison for Wells Fargo Robbery

Jan. 7, 2014

HOUSTON - Justin Levar Taylor, 33, of Houston, has been sentenced to federal prison for his role in the robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank on Kirby Drive in Houston in December 2012, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Taylor and three others - Aaron Derrow, 43, Terrance Jackson, 35, and Willie Wright III, 32, all also of Houston - each pleaded guilty in the case.

Today, U.S. District Judge Judge Nancy Atlas sentenced Taylor to 51 months for the bank robbery as well as a consecutive seven years for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence for a total of 135 months in federal prison.

On Friday Dec. 28, 2012, Derrow and the others robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 5202 Kirby Drive in Houston. All of the men were wearing various disguises, and Wright, Derrow and Taylor were armed with pistols. Jackson and Derrow jumped over the teller counter while Wright and Taylor controlled the lobby. Derrow threatened a male teller with his gun while filling a bag with money. After getting the money, the two jumped back over the teller counter and all four ran out of the bank to their getaway vehicle, a stolen white Toyota pickup truck. All were apprehended a short time later at a residence several miles away.

In December 2013, Judge Atlas sentenced Derrow to 51 months for aggravated bank robbery as well as a consecutive seven years for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence for a total of 135 months in federal prison. Wright was sentenced to 46 months for aggravated bank robbery as well as a consecutive seven years for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence for a total of 130 months in federal prison. Jackson was given a sentence of 108 months for his conviction of aggravated bank robbery.

All have been and will remain in custody.

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Bank Robbery Task Force and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennie Basile.

 

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