4 sent to prison for multiple area robberies
Leader gets 47 years
HOUSTON – With the sentencing of three Houston men today, all four convicted for their roles in the robberies/attempted robberies of six local banks are now headed to federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Gregory Babers, 30, Julien Francis, 29, and Jarrick Hoskins, 31, had previously pleaded guilty. A federal jury deliberated for two hours before convicting Eric Beverly, 31, Feb. 26, following a less than two-day trial. He was convicted of five counts of aiding and abetting the robbery of local banks and aiding and abetting the attempted robbery of another as well as six counts of aiding and abetting the brandishing of a firearm during the commission of the robberies.
Today, U.S. District Lynn N. Hughes imposed total sentences of 84, 51 and 100 months for Babers, Francis and Hoskins, respectively, representing terms for the underlying robberies and additional penalties for the respective firearms convictions. Last week, the court ordered Beverly to serve 42 years for the firearms charges in addition to five years for the robberies and attempted robberies. The sentences are all to be served consecutively. The total 47-year-sentence will be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. At Beverly’s hearing, the court heard additional evidence that he was a leader/organizer of the armed robbery crew. In handing down the sentences, the court noted teach member of the robbery crew was responsible for the actions of the others.
“For almost a year, these individuals endangered Houston citizens by committing over 20 bank robberies in our area,” said Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI. “Their arrests are a testament to the teamwork displayed by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force. As we continue protecting our citizens, the FBI hopes these sentencings will bring closure for the victims, as well as an opportunity for the defendants to pay their debt to the community.”
During trial, the jury heard Beverly and other members of his crew committed six armed bank robberies and had robbed three of the banks more than once. The take-over style robberies occurred between Aug. 25, 2014, and May 2, 2015. During the crimes, two or more men wore masks and entered the banks while at least one of them brandished a firearm and put people’s lives in jeopardy. While in the banks, one or more of the men demanded money from employees at gunpoint, jumped over teller counters and grabbed money from teller drawers.
Jurors also heard testimony that Beverly participated in an attempted robbery. He did not get any money due to the bank’s bullet-proof bandit barriers.
At trial, the jury saw videos and photos from each of the robberies and heard testimony from five bank tellers explaining how the armed robbers wore masks and gloves. The jury also considered phone records showing how the robbers used their cell phones to communicate with each other.
At the time of their pleas, Babers, Francis and Hoskins admitted to their respective roles as lookouts, drivers and inside-men.
The FBI Violent Crime Task Force, Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Houston Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carrie Wirsing and Jill Stotts are prosecuting the case.