Bank Robber Sentenced
Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Recco Roger Collins, aged 45, of Albany, Georgia, was sentenced on Thursday, February 27, 2014, to serve nearly eighteen years (210 months) in Federal prison for armed bank robbery by the Honorable W. Louis Sands, United States District Court Judge, in Albany, Georgia. Co-defendants Tony Key and Anthony Facon were sentenced earlier for their part in the robbery. The Court also ordered Mr. Collins to pay restitution to repay the money stolen and repay costs associated with vehicle repair for vehicles stolen or damaged while apprehending the trio and medical costs of persons affected by their crimes.
Mr. Collins entered a plea of guilty to the charge on November 4, 2013. As a part of his plea agreement, Mr. Collins admitted that on February 28, 2013, he drove a get-away vehicle during the robbery of PeoplesSouth Bank located on Tennille Avenue in Donalsonville, Georgia.
Mr. Collins also admitted to robbing the Trust Bank located at 607 W. 4th Street in Adel Georgia of approximately $9,279 and preparing to rob the Citizen’s Bank in Ray City, Georgia on February 7, 2013.
U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said, “Mr. Collins provided the get-away ride for two violent criminals and, while doing so, he put human lives and property in jeopardy. He has well-earned his lengthy stay in federal prison.”
Ricky Maxwell, Acting Special Agent-In-Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated: “While we are thankful that these dangerous individuals are no longer a threat to the public, we cannot underestimate the impact of what their violence did to the bank tellers, customers and community. They may not have physically harmed anyone, but the psychological harm that these victims have undergone because of these subjects is immeasurable. We will continue to pursue these violent offenders in cooperation and collaboration with our law enforcement partners to protect the citizens of our community”.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Donalsonville Police Department, Miller County Sheriff’s Office and Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Leah E. McEwen.
Inquiries regarding the case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, United States Attorney's Office at (478) 621-2603.