[Nameplate] Fair ~ 70°F  
High: 88°F ~ Low: 71°F
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Couple is given prison time

Thursday, May 12, 2005

CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Southeast Missouri couple were sentenced to federal prison in connection with the robbery of a Cape Girardeau bank.

Corey Lyons, 31, of Charleston was sentenced to 264 months on one felony count of bank robbery and one felony count of possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.

Toria Lawrence, 21, of Sikeston was sentenced to 12 months on one felony count of bank robbery.

Lyons and Lawrence were convicted in connection with the Jan. 12, 2004, robbery of the Bank of America in Cape Girardeau.

According to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney James G. Martin, Lawrence and Lyons along with Derek E. Riggs and Dareme P. Tipler met on Jan. 12, 2004, in Sikeston and discussed robbing a bank. The group eventually went to Cape Girardeau where they targeted the Bank of America facility on Kingshighway.

Lawrence agreed to go in the bank to observe the activity then reported back to the others. Riggs, Tipler and Lyons then decided to rob the bank using guns that Riggs and Lyons had brought with them. Tipler acquired Lyon's' pistol before the bank was robbed.

While Lawrence parked the car and waited for the men to return, Riggs, Tipler and Lyons entered the bank with their faces covered and Riggs and Tipler holding pistols. Tipler and Lyons vaulted the teller's counter demanding the people inside get down on the floor. Tipler opened the drawers where the cash was stored and Lyons collected the cash from the drawers. Riggs was posted in the lobby as a lookout.

The group ran from the bank, leaving in the car driven by Lawrence. They returned to Sikeston, where they divided the proceeds of the robbery.

The amount of cash taken was slightly over $10,000.

Riggs, Tipler and Lyons left Missouri and later were apprehended in the state of Washington.

Martin praised the Cape Girardeau Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their work on the case.

Three Southeast Missouri residents were sentenced to federal prison following appearance in U.S. District Court.

Jimmy Caldwell, 34, was sentenced to 100 months on two felony counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base and two felony counts of being a previously convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Caldwell sold 9.19 grams of cocaine base on Dec. 29, 2003, and 12.92 grams of cocaine base on Jan. 9, 2004, to a confidential informant working for the Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Also on Jan. 9, 2004, he possessed and sold a Beemiller Inc. 9 mm caliber semi-automatic pistol to the same confidential source. Then on Jan. 28, 2004, Caldwell sold three revolvers and a pistol along with ammunition to the confidential source.

Caldwell had been previously convicted of felonies in New Madrid County in 1991 and in Pemiscot County in 1992.

Aaron Woods, 24, of Caruthersville, was sentenced to 100 months on three felony counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base.

He was found guilty of selling 12.83 grams of cocaine base on Oct. 19, 2003, to a confidential informant for $400; 7.09 grams of cocaine base for $225 on Sept. 8, 2004; and 13.42 grams of cocaine base for $415 on Sept. 22, 2004.

Woods was convicted in 1999 in Pemiscot County of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Sheila Smith, 37, of New Madrid County was sentenced to 120 months in prison on one felony count of unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Upon release from prison, she will be placed on supervised release for three years.

Previously Smith admitted to possessing some 1,069 plus pseudoephedrine pills in blister packs on July 6, 2004, while with Richard A. Morgan in Risco. Smith has a prior criminal history which includes second degree burglary and distribution of a controlled substance.

Smith, Woods and Caldwell's cases were heard Monday by U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry.