Two Indicted on Attempted Bank Robbery, Murder, and Making False Statements to a Federal Agent Charges Related to Loomis Armored Car Robbery
Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that DELTOINE SCOTT, age 24, and JEROME KIEFFER, age 24, both of New Orleans, were indicted today by a federal grand jury for charges of attempted bank robbery resulting in death, using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence that resulted in death, and making false statements to a federal agent.
According to the Superseding Indictment, SCOTT and KIEFFER attempted to take money belonging to Campus Federal Credit Union on May 31, 2017, using force, violence, and intimidation. The Superseding Indictment alleges that SCOTT and KIEFFER used firearms in committing the robbery and charges them with death of James McBride. If convicted of the attempt bank robbery, SCOTT and KIEFFER face a mandatory life sentence or death. The Superseding Indictment also charges SCOTT and KIEFFER with using a firearm during and in relation to the robbery, which carries a penalty of up to life in prison or death. Finally, the Superseding Indictment 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.
“Our fellow citizens deserve to be safe and to feel safe,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. “We can achieve that goal only if law enforcement and the community continue to work together. The men and women of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana will make every effort to prosecute violent offenders to the fullest extent of the law. Special thanks to the men and women of the Federal Bureau of Investigation New Orleans Field Office and the New Orleans Police Department for their hard work and dedication in investigating this matter.”
“Today’s federal grand jury Superseding Indictment clearly demonstrates that the people of New Orleans, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and law enforcement will not tolerate violence in our city,” stated Jeffrey S. Sallet, Special Agent in Charge, New Orleans Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “Through the dedicated efforts of the FBI New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force and the NOPD Homicide Section, the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be brought to justice.”
"We are proud of the collaborative effort our department's homicide unit and the FBI made to solve this case, to work with the U.S. Attorney's office to secure a Superseding Indictment, and to see justice done," stated New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison.
Acting U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the 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 Assistant United States Attorneys David Haller and Michael McMahon who are in charge of the prosecution.