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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Three for Credit Union Robbery

AMARILLO — A federal grand jury in Amarillo, Texas, returned a two-count indictment last week charging three men with the robbery of an Amarillo Credit Union, announced John Parker, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Raul Garcia, 27, Leonard Jovon Coulter, 28, and Richard Charles Cunningham, Jr., 38, are each charged with one count of credit union robbery, and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. All three defendants are in custody.

According to the indictment, on September 23, 2016 Coulter and Cunningham entered the Education Credit Union, located at 1801 FM 2381 in Amarillo with firearms and took by force and intimidation money belonging to the credit union. Garcia remained in the vehicle as the getaway driver.

A federal indictment is an accusation by a grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty.  Upon conviction, however, the robbery count carries a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.  The firearms offense carries a mandatory seven-year penalty and a $250,000 fine. 

The FBI, Amarillo Police Department, the Potter County District Attorney’s Office and the Potter County Sheriff’s Department were the investigating agencies.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Frausto is in charge of the prosecution.

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Topic: 
Violent Crime
Updated October 19, 2016