Columbia Man Sentenced to Life for Bank Robberies
JEFFERSON CITY - A man convicted of two bank robberies in Columbia was sentenced to life in federal prison Friday.
40-year-old Eddie Prince Roberts was ordered to pay $4,468 in restitution along with his life sentence without parole.
On December 6, 2012, Roberts was found guilty of two counts of bank robbery. He had convictions for six previous bank robberies as well.
During his trial, evidence indicated that Roberts stole $4,468 from Boone County National Bank in Columbia on April 23, 2012. During that robbery, Roberts ordered a teller to give him all of the money in her drawer. Roberts jumped on the counter and rifled through the teller drawers, putting money into a black trash bag. Surveillance video from nearby businesses captured images of Roberts leaving the bank in the same black Ram pickup that he used a couple of weeks later to rob Landmark Bank.
Evidence also indicated he stole $8,260 from Landmark Bank in Columbia on May 8, 2012. Evidence showed during the robbery, Roberts threatened to shoot a bank employee and ordered the employee to take him to the vault. When the employee was unable to open the vault Roberts began punching him in the face. Roberts then ran to another teller, jumped onto the counter, and took all the money she had. As he was leaving the bank, a customer tried to stop him and Roberts punched him in the face.
Roberts was convicted of bank robbery in Kansas in 1993 and, in a separate case in Kansas in 1993, of four bank robberies. Roberts was also convicted of bank robbery in Missouri in 2000.
(Michelle Schuelke contributed to this report.)