Thursday, August 25, 2011
Jury returns guilty verdict
By SUE WATSON
Two female suspects stood trial in U.S. Federal Court in Aberdeen last week. It began Monday, Aug. 15, and ended with a jury conviction late Monday, August 22.
They were charged with the robbery of the Bank of Holly Springs Slayden Branch in Mt. Pleasant on May 19, 2010, and the robbery of the Citizens Branch Bank in Barton on June 10 the same year.
Starlet Kizer, 22 and Angela Bryson Miller, 44, of 7764 Birdwood Drive, Memphis, Tenn., were arrested in November last year in Memphis and extradited to Marshall County to face charges of bank robbery.
The jury found the defendants both guilty of the two counts of bank robbery, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Two other suspects – Marcus Westbrook, 23, of 5965 East Point Cove Apt. 2, Memphis, Tenn., and William Albright, 20, of the same address – were arrested and charged with bank robbery. Westbrook and Albright were charged with the robbery of the Slayden Bank. They pled guilty to those charges, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The fifth suspect, Brian Gerrard Gilliland, 20, of the 4000 block of Katherine Lane, Memphis, Tenn., was also arrested and charged with robbery of the Citizens Bank of Barton. He was arrested November 22, 2010, by U.S. Marshals and returned to Marshall County. Dickerson said Gilliland also pled guilty to bank robbery.
The three who pled guilty were not sentenced before the two women went to trial last week, he said.
The sheriff thanked his investigative team who worked alongside federal agents to identify suspects believed responsible for the crimes and to collect evidence for the prosecution.
“Our officers testified, along with FBI agents, who worked closely together in a cooperative effort to collect evidence for prosecution of the cases,” Dickerson said.
“Hopefully, this will send a message that we will do everything in our power to apprehend criminals if they choose to come to Marshall County to commit acts of violence or other illegal activity.”
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