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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 8, 2021

New Orleans Men Sentenced For Two Bank Robberies

NEW ORLEANS – BYRON WATSON, age 32, and REGINALD LUMAR, age 30, residents of New Orleans, were sentenced this week by the Honorable Susie Morgan, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. WATSON was sentenced to 72 months of incarceration and LUMAR was sentenced to 51 months of incarceration. Both men were ordered to serve three (3) years of supervised release after completion of their prison sentences and payment of $200 mandatory special assessment fees. The defendants were also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $15,576.  

According to Count One of the indictment, on September 10, 2019, WATSON and LUMAR robbed the Total Choice Federal Credit Union located at 100 Palmetto Drive in LaPlace, Louisiana. They obtained $7,841 in the robbery. According to Count Two of the indictment, on September 26, 2019, WATSON and LUMAR robbed the Fidelity Bank located at 9099 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, Louisiana. They obtained $7,735 in that robbery.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crime Task Force, Louisiana State Police Crime Lab as well as officers with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, New Orleans Police Department, and St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jon Maestri was in charge of the prosecution.

 

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Updated October 8, 2021