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New Orleans Man Sentenced For Bank Robberies During Which Guns Were Placed At The Head Of A Security Guard And A Bank Teller

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that Chief United States District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced BRYSON TUESNO on May 23, 2019 to 15 years of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for robbing two banks while armed.  During the course of these robberies, guns were placed at the head of a bank security guard and a bank teller both of whom testified that they thought they would be killed. 

TUESNO, age 24, of New Orleans, and DWAYNE WINANS JR., a/k/a “Butter,” age 25, also of New Orleans were convicted on April 26, 2018, after a four-day jury trial.  The jury found TUESNO and WINANS guilty of robbing, on August 15, 2016, both the Regions Bank located at 3836 Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Bank located at 1900 Oak Harbor Boulevard in Slidell.  The men were also convicted of two counts of using firearms during the commission of those crimes.

The jury also found WINANS guilty of committing two carjackings, on August 12, 2016, in New Orleans, and two counts of using firearms during the commission of those crimes.  WINANS and TUESNO used one of the carjacked vehicles as a getaway car during the Regions Bank and Gulf Coast bank robberies.  WINANS was sentenced last month to 30 years of imprisonment for these crimes.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorneys David Howard Sinkman, Michael E. McMahon, and Jeffrey Sandman prosecuted the case.

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Updated May 24, 2019

Violent Crime