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Illinois Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Robbing Two Texas Banks

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

In El Paso yesterday afternoon, a federal judge sentenced 21-year-old Reiquon Gaines of Evanston, IL, to 30 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a combined $15,853 in restitution for two bank robberies in the Western District of Texas, announced United States Attorney John F. Bash, FBI Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie, El Paso Division, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.

On September 1, 2017, Gaines pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting bank robbery by force or violence.  By pleading guilty, Gaines admitted to serving as the getaway driver following the robberies of the United Bank of El Paso Del Norte in El Paso on September 9, 2016, and the Texas Partners Federal Credit Union in Copperas Cove, TX, on November 15, 2016. 

On July 17, 2017, a federal judge sentenced Gaines’s co-defendant, 21-year-old Shawn Anthony Williams of El Paso, to 21 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit the El Paso bank robbery.  Gaines’s other co-defendant, 23-year-old Jerrious Javonte Jackson of Killeen, TX, is currently in custody in Illinois facing federal charges in connection with two bank robberies in Illinois as well as the Copperas Cove bank robbery.

FBI special agents in El Paso and in Waco investigated this case.  Assistant United States Attorneys Shane Wagman in El Paso and Greg Gloff in Waco prosecuted this case.

Updated January 25, 2018

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