Three defendants, including two officers, convicted of conspiracy to rob armored car employees
Release via U.S. Department of Justice:
Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the EasternDistrict of Arkansas, announced today that a federal jury returned guiltyverdicts against three men on all counts related to a conspiracy to robemployees of an armored car company that began in 2005 and culminated in thesuccessful armed robbery of an armored car employee on September 10, 2007 at aU.S. Bank in North Little Rock. The three men included Jason Gilbert, aka J.D.,a former officer with the Little Rock Police Department, and Allen Clark, aformer officer with the Department of Veteran Affairs. Antonio "Tony" Person,Gilbert's cousin, was also found guilty of being part of the conspiracy.
Additionally, the jury found Person guilty of the armedrobbery of an Arkansas Armored Car employee on September 10, 2007, in NorthLittle Rock and of brandishing a firearm during the robbery. During thatrobbery, approximately $400,000 was stolen at gunpoint from the armored caremployee delivering money to a U.S. Bank branch in North Little Rock.
"This verdict sends astrong statement regarding our commitment to protect the people of thisdistrict from those who intend to endanger lives and steal, not only property,but also the confidence in law enforcement officers' integrity," stated Thyer."Officers Gilbert and Clark took an oath to protect citizens and uphold thelaw. Instead, they along with others conspired to steal from an armored carcompany. They have been held accountable by a jury for the choice they made toignore their oath and perpetrate crime."
Gilbert, Clark and Person were taken into the custody of theU.S. Marshal after the verdict today. Sentencing will be set by the Court at alater date.
Sterling Omar Platt, a former officer with the University ofArkansas for Medical Sciences, Mark Davis, Oscar Holmes and Eric Owenspreviously pled guilty to charges in the case. None are in custody. Platt,Davis and Holmes are awaiting sentencing. Owens was sentenced to time served upto the time of his plea.
The conspiracy and robbery charges carry a possiblepunishment of up to twenty (20) years in federal prison and/or up to a $250,000fine. Federal law also requires a mandatory consecutive sentence of at leastseven (7) years if a firearm was brandished during the robbery.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation, the North Little Rock Police Department, and the Little RockPolice Department.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States AttorneysMichael Gordon and Tricia Harris.