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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Brink’s Armored Truck Robber Sentenced to 27 Years Imprisonment

Memphis, TN – A Memphis man was sentenced to 324 months in federal prison for committing armed robberies effecting interstate commerce. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on April 29, 2016, two armed men robbed two Brink’s Armored Truck Services employees outside of Regions Bank located at 3535 Austin Peay Highway. One of the Brink’s employees was in the process of loading two cash cassettes, containing $192,000, into the ATM, when one of the robbers approached the employee at gunpoint, while the second robber remained parked nearby in a truck. The second employee, who remained in the Brink’s truck, rammed the robbers’ truck knocking to the ground the robber standing outside the truck. The robber in the truck sped off leaving the second robber on the ground with a broken leg. Law enforcement arrested 49-year-old Cornelius Richmond on the scene. The other alleged robber, Roderick Herron, 52, is currently awaiting trial.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said: "Armed robberies are brazen and disturbing acts of violence that terrorize our businesses and community, and must be met with significant sentences such as this one. These dangerous offenders have sown violence and greed, and will now reap the full measure of consequences for their criminal conduct."

Richmond’s 27-year prison sentence was also based on his participation in the April 26, 2016, "smash and grab" robbery of Circle K located at 1205 N. Germantown Parkway in Cordova, TN. Richmond and allegedly Herron drove a stolen GMC Truck through the front window of the store, and once inside, they took the store’s ATM and bill pay machines by dragging the machines out of the store.

On May 23, 2018, U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr., sentenced Richmond to 324 months in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin P. Whitmore is prosecuting this case on the government’s behalf.

Updated May 30, 2018