Beaumont Residents Guilty in Violent Crime Spree
BEAUMONT, Texas – The final defendant in a Jefferson County violent crime spree has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Darrion Tyrell Kimble, 19, pleaded guilty to Hobbs Act robbery, attempted Hobbs Act robbery and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. Kimble appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin today for his plea hearing.
Tavori Terrell Jackson, 19, pleaded guilty on Oct. 16, 2018, to two counts of Hobbs Act robbery, attempted Hobbs Act robbery, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.
Damien Earl Kimble, 35, pleaded guilty on Aug. 21, 2018, to Hobbs Act conspiracy.
Kamren Terezz Lewis, 19, pleaded guilty on Oct. 10, 2018, to attempted Hobbs Act robbery and Hobbs Act robbery.
According to information presented in court, on July 29, 2017, Jackson, and Darrion Kimble robbed Fertitta's Finer Foods, in Beaumont. Both Jackson and Kimble brandished firearms, with Jackson jumping over the clerk’s counter and demanding money. Later that day, Jackson and Kimble attempted to rob a game room located in Beaumont, but were deterred and fled when a security guard fired three rounds at them. Both Kimble and Jackson brandished firearms during the course of those robberies. In early March 2018, Jackson and Kimble resurfaced, and with the assistance of Lewis and Damien Kimble, attempted to rob a game room in Port Arthur, Texas. During the robbery, Jackson and Lewis, entered the game room and demanded money. In an effort to intimidate patrons and employees of the game room, Jackson fired two rounds into the floor of the game room as Lewis stood as a lookout. Darrion Kimble served as the group’s get-away driver. Later that same day Jackson, Darrion Kimble, Damien Kimble, and Lewis robbed a Dollar General store in Beaumont, Texas. During this robbery, Jackson and Lewis entered the store, with Lewis standing near the door as lookout. Jackson jumped over the counter, brandished a firearm, and demanded money. After his demands were met, Jackson and Lewis fled in different vehicles driven by Damien Kimble and Darrion Kimble. During the investigation it was discovered that on July 26, 2017, Jackson robbed the Sunshine Grocery located in Port Arthur. Jackson brandished a firearm during that robbery.
The Hobbs Act prohibits actual or attempted robbery that has a substantial effect on interstate and foreign commerce by reason of their repetition and aggregate effect on the economy. Under federal statutes, the defendants each face up to 20 years for each robbery violation and a minimum of seven additional years for each firearms violation. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Beaumont Police Department, and the Port Arthur Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Russell E. James and John B. Ross.