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Monday, August 25, 2014

Armed Robbers Exiled To At Least 12 Years In Prison

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Jeffery Louis Adams, age 35, and Antonio Lamont Gaithers, age 33, both of Washington, D.C., today to 12 and 14 years in prison, respectively, each followed by five years of supervised release, for two counts of robbery and using a gun during a robbery. Judge Titus further ordered that Adams to pay restitution of $209,750 and Gaithers pay restitution of $241,000.

The sentences were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; the members of the FBI Cross Border Task Force: Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Acting Assistant Director in Charge Timothy A. Gallagher of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Washington Field Office; Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; Chief Cathy L. Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department; and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.

According to their plea agreements, on October 7, 2011, Gaithers and co-conspirator Davon Williams, both armed with handguns, entered the cash office in a Walmart in Hyattsville, Maryland and demanded money from employees. The gunmen stole $140,000 and ran outside where a co-conspirator was waiting in a getaway vehicle. The robbers sped away.

On January 16, 2012, Gaithers, armed with a handgun, confronted an employee of Garda Cash Logistics who was carrying a bag containing $88,659.03 in cash and $13,337.90 in checks from the Bowie Walmart store to a Garda armored transport vehicle parked in front of the store. Gaithers pointed his handgun at the Garda employee and demanded the money. After the Garda employee complied, Gaithers, carrying the money bag, ran to a stolen van occupied by Adams, Williams, and others. The van sped away and was located shortly thereafter. Williams’ cell phone was found inside the van.

Adams also admitted that he participated in two other robberies: the armed robbery of a bank in Lexington Park, Maryland, stealing $109,750; and the robbery of a credit union in Clinton, Maryland, stealing $100,427.

In addition to actively participating in these robberies, Adams helped plan and prepare for these crimes. This included stealing vehicles used during the robberies, communicating with co-conspirators, surveillance of the business before the robberies, being present at the robberies as a look-out, and assisting in the escapes.

Davon Stephon Williams, age 23, of Washington, D.C, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and using a gun during a robbery and was sentenced to 162 months in prison. Judge Titus ordered that Williams pay restitution of $242,248.53.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the members of the FBI’s Cross Border Task Force and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney William D. Moomau, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Gerald A. A. Collins, a cross designated Maryland Assistant Attorney General assigned to Exile cases, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015