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2 Fort Wayne men convicted for robbery in central Indiana

February 14, 2017 GMT

Two Fort Wayne men have been convicted in federal court on robbery related charges after a five-day jury trial.

U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler said Tuesday that Damion McKissick and Earl Lee Walker, both 38, were convicted along with Duprece Jett, 38, of Indianapolis of conspiracy to commit robbery and attempted bank robbery. The jury trial was before U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.

“The reign of terror for these three men is over,” Minkler, of the Southern District in Indiana, said in a news release. “Those who put our citizens in harm’s way and disrupt commerce in Central Indiana will be held accountable.”

Jett and McKissick, dubbed the Rick James robbers due to their long hair and sunglasses disguise, began their conspiracy in September 2015, with the robbery of the Advanced America Check Cashing Service in the 5600 block of Georgetown Road in Indianapolis. That incident was followed by the robberies of the Indiana Members Credit Union (IMCU) on Wesleyan Road in Indianapolis on Sept. 19, 2015, and in Avon, Indiana on Nov. 19, 2015, the release said.

On Dec. 12, 2015, Jett, McKissick and Walker attempted to rob the IMCU near East 96th St. and Grey Road in Carmel but law enforcement officials intervened. The trio fled, setting off a car chase that went into Hamilton, Marion and Boone counties reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph, swerving in and out of traffic and running traffic signals, according to the release. The pursuit ended near the intersection of US 421 and IN 32, where all were apprehended.

Sentencing for the three is scheduled for May. They could face up to 40 years’ imprisonment.