Previously convicted felon admitted armed holdup of two banks with an AR-15 style rifle

AUGUSTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) –  An Augusta man has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing two Augusta banks according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Savannah.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Randal Hall sentenced Ronnie Dean Brown, a/k/a “Man,” 28, of Augusta, to 252 months in prison by after pleading guilty to two counts of Bank Robbery, and one count each of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. After completion of his prison sentence, Brown must serve five years of supervised release.

There is no parole in the federal system.

As described in court documents and testimony, Brown carried an AR-15-style rifle on Dec. 30, 2017, when he threatened a teller at a Fifth Third Bank in Augusta and received cash before fleeing in an SUV. Then, on Jan. 16, 2018, Brown and Trivar Marquette Scriven, 35, of Augusta, wielded pistols to rob another Fifth Third Bank in Augusta before driving away in a sedan.

After the second robbery, a customer who spotted the men leaving the bank followed their vehicle and called 911. Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputies later located the empty vehicle and found the firearms used in the robbery, along with information linked to Scriven.

Authorities arrested Scriven on February 1, 2018 in Massachusetts, and arrested Brown February 14, 2018 in Atlanta. A federal judge previously sentenced Scriven to 106 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to Bank Robbery, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

A related defendant in the case, Bennelle Marquette Evans, 34, of Augusta, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to Misprision of a Felony for having knowledge of the robberies after the fact.

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