The men are Torrey Marable, 21, Rico Blackwell, 22, and Jason Blackwell, 32.
“These men terrorized bank employees when they entered the banks they robbed with guns drawn,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Yates. “Serious violent crimes should be met with serious prison sentences, such as those imposed in this case, to protect our communities.”
From Aug. 9, 2012 until his arrest Sept. 5, Marable robbed banks in Atlanta, Dunwoody, and a BB&T in Marietta last August, Yates said.
Rico Blackwell joined Marable in the Dunwoody robbery, during which they brandished their guns and used them to move the tellers into the vault, forcing them to hand over more than $71,000.
On September 4, 2012, Yates said Marable canvassed another bank in Austell that he planned to rob. The next day, Jason Blackwell drove Rico Blackwell and Marable near a PNC Bank in Austell. At the same time, law enforcement were on the lookout for a car matching the description of the one Jason Blackwell was driving. Police were looking for a man with dreadlocks, which was the style of Marable’s hair. Before the robbery occurred, Austell police pulled the car Jason Blackwell was driving over, finding Marable and Rico Blackwell with semi-automatic handguns within their reach. Police also found two surgical masks, two bandanas and latex gloves in the car, Yates said.
Marable was sentenced a U.S. District judge to 27 years in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $89,644. He was convicted of these charges on April 4, 2013, upon his plea of guilty.
Rico Blackwell received 138 months in prison and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $71,668; and Jason Blackwell received 84 months in prison. These prison sentences will be followed with three years of supervised release.
A fourth man, Deandre Markee King, 28, also from Decatur, participated in the Dunwoody robbery with Marable and was in the car when Austell police pulled them over, Yates said. King will be sentenced Aug. 28.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Cobb County Police Department.
“Today’s sentencing ends a violent crime spree and removes four dangerous individuals from our streets,” said Mark Giuliano, Special Agent in Charge with the FBI Atlanta Field Office. “The FBI commends the many law enforcement officers and agents that worked hard in this matter but the contributions made by those observant and responsive officers of the Austell Police Department who conducted the car stop on these individuals after a bank casing there is particularly noteworthy and commendable.”