WORTH — Melvin Lewis Andrews, 55, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was sentenced
this week by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to serve 188 months in
federal prison, following his guilty plea in August 2017 to his role in the
conspiracy to rob Haltom’s Jewelers in Grapevine, announced U.S. Attorney John
Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Andrews pleaded guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robbery.
He has been in Federal custody since his arrest in March 2017.
According to plea documents filed in the case, on October 3, 2014,
Andrews, along with co-defendants Garland Gilmore Lenoir III, Willie Thompson
Jr., Tony Eugene Gabriel and Kim Yvette Brown, traveled to Haltom’s Jewelers in
a stolen vehicle. Andrews, Lenoir, Thompson and Gabriel, entered the store
wearing masks and carrying handguns and hammers. Andrews, Lenoir, and Gabriel
smashed the display cases with hammers and stole merchandise, to include
jewelry and watches. After the robbery, Andrews was paid approximately
$10,000 for his participation.
The FBI and Grapevine Police Department
investigated the case. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Cole was in
charge of the prosecution.