Jerome Kieffer and Armstead Kieffer Found Guilty of Felony Murder Related to May 2017 Loomis Armored Car Robbery, a Separate Robbery of a Brinks Armored Car in October 2015, Lying to Federal Grand Jury, and Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm
U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that JEROME KIEFFER, age 24, and JEROME’s father, ARMSTEAD KIEFFER, age 53, of New Orleans were found guilty today after a jury trial before United States District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to charges of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, armed bank robbery, use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, armed bank robbery resulting in death, murder, making false statements to federal grand jury and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
JEROME KIEFFER and ARMSTEAD KIEFFER, who are father and son, were found guilty of committing two armored car robberies, a 2015 robbery at the Chase Bank on N. Board and a 2017 attempted robbery at the Campus Federal Credit Union on Tulane. JEROME KIEFFER spent several days planning the 2015 robbery and the getaway. JEROME KIEFFER and DELTOINE SCOTT, a co-defendant who pled guilty, waited behind a hole they had cut in a wooden fence and jumped out with guns when they saw the guard move away from the armored car. They then fled back through the hole and down an alley to where they had previously parked a getaway vehicle. They got the guns they used in the robbery from ARMSTEAD KIEFFER and they returned to ARMSTEAD KIEFFER’s house immediately after the robbery to count the proceeds.
JEROME KIEFFER and ARMSTEAD KIEFFER were also found guilty for their participation in the 2017 attempted robbery that resulted in the death of Loomis guard James McBride. JEROME KIEFFER had rented an apartment that overlooked the scene of the attempted robbery and had seen an armored car servicing the ATMs that his apartment overlooked in the weeks prior to the robbery. JEROME KIEFFER along with co-defendant SCOTT borrowed a distinctive black, white, truck from SCOTT’s grandfather on the day of the attempted robbery. SCOTT met with JEROME KIEFFER and ARMSTEAD KIEFFER to plan the robbery and ARMSTEAD KIEFFER acted as the lookout.
JEROME KIEFFER, and ARMSTEAD KIEFFER, face a mandatory life sentence. Sentencing will be held before United States District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle in approximately 90 days.
U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys David Haller and Michael McMahon are in charge of the prosecution.