Leader gets 47 years
– With the sentencing of three Houston men today, all four convicted
for their roles in the robberies/attempted robberies of six local banks
are now headed to federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K.
Gregory Babers, 30, Julien Francis, 29, and Jarrick Hoskins, 31, had
previously pleaded guilty. A federal jury deliberated for two hours
before convicting Eric Beverly, 31, Feb. 26, following a less than
two-day trial. He was convicted of five counts of aiding and abetting
the robbery of local banks and aiding and abetting the attempted robbery
of another as well as six counts of aiding and abetting the brandishing
of a firearm during the commission of the robberies.
Today, U.S. District Lynn N. Hughes imposed total sentences of 84, 51
and 100 months for Babers, Francis and Hoskins, respectively,
representing terms for the underlying robberies and additional penalties
for the respective firearms convictions. Last week, the court ordered
Beverly to serve 42 years for the firearms charges in addition to five
years for the robberies and attempted robberies. The sentences are all
to be served consecutively. The total 47-year-sentence will be
immediately followed by three years of supervised release. At Beverly’s
hearing, the court heard additional evidence that he was a
leader/organizer of the armed robbery crew. In handing down the
sentences, the court noted teach member of the robbery crew was
responsible for the actions of the others.
“For almost a year, these individuals endangered Houston citizens by
committing over 20 bank robberies in our area,” said Special Agent in
Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI. “Their arrests are a testament to
the teamwork displayed by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force. As we
continue protecting our citizens, the FBI hopes these sentencings will
bring closure for the victims, as well as an opportunity for the
defendants to pay their debt to the community.”
During trial, the jury heard Beverly and other members of his crew
committed six armed bank robberies and had robbed three of the banks
more than once. The take-over style robberies occurred between Aug. 25,
2014, and May 2, 2015. During the crimes, two or more men wore masks and
entered the banks while at least one of them brandished a firearm and
put people’s lives in jeopardy. While in the banks, one or more of the
men demanded money from employees at gunpoint, jumped over teller
counters and grabbed money from teller drawers.
Jurors also heard testimony that Beverly participated in an attempted
robbery. He did not get any money due to the bank’s bullet-proof bandit
At trial, the jury saw videos and photos from each of the robberies
and heard testimony from five bank tellers explaining how the armed
robbers wore masks and gloves. The jury also considered phone records
showing how the robbers used their cell phones to communicate with each
At the time of their pleas, Babers, Francis and Hoskins admitted to their respective roles as lookouts, drivers and inside-men.
The FBI Violent Crime Task Force, Harris County Sheriff’s Office and
Houston Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S.
Attorneys Carrie Wirsing and Jill Stotts are prosecuting the case.