CRIME

An Illinois man who served as the getaway driver in the robberies of two Texas banks, including one in Copperas Cove, in 2016 was sentenced Wednesday.

Reiquon Gaines, 21 of Evanston, Illinois, received 2 ½ years in federal prison, must pay $15,853 in restitution and will serve 3 years supervised release, according to a Thursday news release from Daryl Fields, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas.

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

Gaines’s co-defendant, Jerrious Javonte Jackson, 23, of Killeen, is in custody in Illinois facing federal charges in connection with two bank robberies in Illinois as well as the Copperas Cove bank robbery, the release said.

Gaines’ other co-defendant on July 17, 2017, Shawn Anthony Williams, 21, of El Paso, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit the El Paso bank robbery.

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