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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Armed Robber Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison

SHREVEPORT, La. – A man who robbed a Burger King shift manager at gunpoint was sentenced September 30, 2019, to spend 30 years in federal prison announced United States Attorney David C. Joseph.  Ivory Carl Myles, 30, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr., for interference with commerce by robbery and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.  Myles was also sentenced to five years of supervised release following confinement.  The defendant pleaded guilty on December 13, 2018.

On July 21, 2017, around 3:30 a.m., while Ivory Myles was working at a Bossier City, Louisiana, Burger King restaurant, he entered the safe where the shift manager was making a cash drop, turned off the lights and put a gun to her head.  He then told her to give him the money and threatened to kill her.  Myles fled the scene in a vehicle and forced the victim at gun point to leave the Burger King with him.  He made her drive while he sat in the back seat.  On the way to Houston, Texas, he had her stop the vehicle in a parking lot and he sexually assaulted her.  He then had her stop at a hotel where he sexually assaulted her again.  Myles eventually released the victim in Houston, and was later apprehended by police in Beaumont, Texas, following a high-speed chase.

During a search of the vehicle, officers recovered a Walther .22-caliber handgun loaded with 11 hollow-point bullets and one bullet in the chamber. 

The FBI and ATF investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tiffany E. Fields and Allison D. Bushnell prosecuted the case.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  Project Safe Neighborhoods is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Updated October 1, 2019