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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 1, 2016

Two Convicted Felons Sentenced to More than 115 Years Each in Federal Prison Following Federal Jury Convictions on Hobbs Act and Firearms Offenses

Pair Committed a String of Armed Robberies of Fast Food Restaurants in Metroplex

DALLAS Two convicted felons from the Dallas area who were convicted by a federal jury at trial in July 2015 on an array of federal charges stemming from their armed robberies of several fast-food restaurants in the Dallas area in early 2014, were each sentenced today by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to more than 115 years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Jesse Lee Bell, 33, of Duncanville, Texas, and Deundrae Lyndell Miller, 24, of Mesquite, Texas, were each sentenced to serve a total of 1384 months in federal prison and pay more than $8000 in restitution.  Each was convicted on four counts of interference with commerce by robbery, one count of attempted interference with commerce by robbery; five counts of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The defendants committed the following armed robberies in North Texas:

        June 2, 2014    Whataburger, 501 E. Highway 67, Duncanville

        June 4, 2014    Whataburger, 961 W. Beltline Rd., DeSoto

        June 7, 2014    Whataburger, 3200 N. Town East Blvd., Mesquite

        June 19, 2014  Jack-In-The-Box, 1020 W. Davis, Dallas

        June 24, 2014  Whataburger, 2943 N. Galloway Avenue, Mesquite

In addition, the defendants, both convicted felons, each possessed a firearm on June 24, 2014.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Duncanville, DeSoto, Mesquite and Dallas Police Departments investigated.

Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Miller and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Wirmani and John Kull prosecuted. 

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Topic: 
Violent Crimes
Updated February 1, 2016