Three sentenced for string of armed robberies
by MDJ staff
August 07, 2013 11:35 PM | 2817 views | 2 2 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — Three Decatur men, one charged with robbing a Marietta bank and all charged with canvassing an Austell bank, were sentenced to federal prison on Wednesday.

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.”

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Mom of 2 boyz
August 08, 2013
What's with the months? Let's talk years. I think the elder Blackwell was the ringleader and coerced the younger guys into this life of crime, and he gets 84 months? What's that? 7 years? He should get more than what Marabel got. He's an adult, the others were just stupid childrn.
August 08, 2013
Say whattttt? Stupid children? At 21 and 22 years old? Putting semi-automatic handguns into people's faces? You and I know a lot different type of "children" is all I can say. The "children" I know don't go around robbing banks and terrifying people with guns. The sad thing is that all of them will get out within a matter of a few years and the violent crime will probably continue until somebody dies from it. We all live a free life, but when somebody becomes a threat to others, their free life should end forever and they should stay behind bars for the remainder of their lives, to keep the innocent public safe.
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