Jury Convicts Columbia Man of Two Bank Robberies

4 years 6 months 2 weeks ago December 06, 2012 Dec 6, 2012 Thursday, December 06 2012 Thursday, December 06, 2012 5:02:00 PM CST in News
By: Cody Lee Heyveld

JEFFERSON CITY — Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri announced Thursday a Columbia resident was convicted in federal court of two Columbia bank robberies.

Officials found 39-year-old Eddie Prince Roberts guilty of both counts contained in a May 23, 2012, federal indictment. Roberts, who has prior convictions for six earlier bank robberies, could be sentenced to life in federal prison without parole due to his prior violent felony convictions.

Evidence showed that Roberts stole $8,260 from Landmark Bank in Columbia on May 8, 2012.

Evidence also indicated that Roberts stole $4,468 from Boone County National Bank in Columbia on April 23, 2012.

The jury in the U.S. District Court in Jefferson City discussed possible decisions within two hours before returning the guilty verdict, ending a trial that began Tuesday.

A press release stated Roberts was convicted of a total of five bank robberies in Kansas within two 1993 cases. Reports also state that he was also convicted of bank robbery in Missouri in 2000.

Roberts is subject to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole as a result of Thursday's conviction. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

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