Second Superseding Indictment Returned in Armored Car Robberies
Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that DELTOINE SCOTT, age 24, JEROME KIEFFER, age 24, and JEROME’s father, ARMSTEAD KIEFFER, age 53, all of New Orleans, were charged yesterday in a nine-count Second Superseding Indictment. The Second Superseding Indictment includes charges of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, armed bank robbery, use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, attempted armed bank robbery resulting in death, murder, making a false statement to a federal law enforcement officer, perjury before the federal grand jury, and felon in possession of a firearm. The Second Superseding Indictment adds defendant ARMSTEAD KIEFFER to the 2017 Loomis armored car robbery that resulted in the death of James McBride and adds charges for a 2015 Brinks armored car robbery against SCOTT and JEROME KIEFFER.
According to the Second Superseding Indictment, SCOTT, JEROME KIEFFER, and ARMSTEAD KIEFFER conspired together to commit two armored car robberies, a 2015 robbery at the Chase Bank on N. Broad and a 2017 attempted robbery at the Campus Federal Credit Union on Tulane. SCOTT and JEROME KIEFFER are charged with two counts related to 2015 robbery and all three defendants are charged with two counts related to the 2017 attempted robbery. The Second Superseding Indictment alleges that the defendants used force, violence, and intimidation and were armed with firearms during both robberies and that SCOTT, JEROME KIEFFER, and ARMSTEAD KIEFFER caused James McBride’s death during the 2017 attempted robbery.
If convicted of attempted bank robbery resulting in death, SCOTT, JEROME KIEFFER, and ARMSTEAD KIEFFER face a mandatory life sentence or death. The Second Superseding Indictment also charges all three defendants with using a firearm during and in relation to the 2017 attempted robbery, which carries a penalty of up to life in prison or death. On the charges related to the 2015 robbery, SCOTT and JEROME KIEFFER face up to twenty-five years in prison, plus a mandatory consecutive sentence of at least seven years up to life. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum penalty of five years. The Second Superseding Indictment also alleges that SCOTT, about a week after the robbery, lied to federal agents about having lost his phone and about his whereabouts on the day of the robbery. If convicted, SCOTT faces up to five years in prison on each of the false statement counts. ARMSTEAD KIEFFER is also charged with perjury before the federal grand jury and being a felon in possession of firearms, which carry a potential term of imprisonment of up to five years and up to ten years, respectively.
Acting U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the Second Superseding Indictment is merely an allegation and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the FBI New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force 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.