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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Career Criminal Sentenced For Bank Robbery Spree

Kevin Turner was still on parole for his last bank robbery

          GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced that Kevin Delando Turner, 50, of Benton Harbor, was sentenced today to 180 months’ imprisonment and 3 years’ supervised release by U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff. Turner pled guilty in February to robbing an Old National Bank branch in Kalamazoo with his nephew Draper Turner. Draper pled guilty, cooperated with the government, and was sentenced in November 2019 to 51 months’ imprisonment.

          On March 25, 2019, Kevin recruited and drove Draper to the Old National Bank. On the drive to Kalamazoo, Kevin told Draper how to rob the bank. Kevin waited in his car outside the Old National Bank, while Draper went in, told the teller he had a gun, and obtained $3,150 in cash. A bystander saw Draper run from the bank to Kevin’s car, and gave the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety a description of the vehicle. An off-duty police lieutenant spotted the car, and noted the license plate number before losing the robbers in traffic.

          Police determined the car was registered to Kevin, who was still on parole for a 2009 bank robbery in Kalamazoo. Police found and arrested Kevin in Benton Harbor, in possession of several thousand dollars in cash. Kevin initially denied being near the bank, but when police told him a witness saw the robber getting in his car, Kevin fabricated a story about a carjacker abducting him at gunpoint.

          Police separately found and arrested Draper, whose parole officer recognized him from bank surveillance footage. Draper confessed robbing the Old National Bank with his uncle Kevin, and told FBI agents Kevin had bragged about robbing two other banks in Michigan and two in Indiana. Using surveillance footage and cellular phone location techniques, FBI determined Kevin was responsible for four open robbery cases. When Kevin robbed the two other banks in Michigan, he told showed the tellers a device with wires, and led them to believe it was a bomb he would detonate if they did not comply. Kevin received a longer sentence because of his long history of crimes against people and property, his leadership role in the offense, and because he waited until shortly before trial to plead guilty.

          Steven M. D’Antuono, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Michigan stated, "The sentences imposed on these two defendants reflect the serious nature of bank robberies. The FBI is proud of the role it played alongside our law enforcement partners to get two violent offenders off of the streets, making our community a safer place for all."

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Updated May 21, 2020