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Johnson City man, woman sentenced for roles in Eastman Credit Union robbery

Johnson City Press • Updated Aug 27, 2018 at 6:14 PM

A Johnson City man and woman were sentenced earlier this month for their roles in the April 2016 robbery of the Eastman Credit Union in Johnson City, according to the Department of Justice. 

A federal judge sentenced Kezia Dover, 37, to five years in prison and Chris Jones, 29, to eight years and two months in prison. 

Jones and Dover were indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2017 on charges of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and bank robbery. Jones was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

In April, Dover pleaded guilty to one county of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, while Jones pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery, bank robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

According to their plea agreements, Dover and Jones conspired to rob the credit union and split the proceeds. Dover drove Jones to the credit union in a borrowed vehicle and parked in a nearby parking lot. 

Jones entered the credit union and gave the teller a note that said, “got BoomB NO Cop’s No dye PACK’s Put MONey in Bag.” He then put a white bag on the counter and the teller placed money inside it before handing it back. Jones left the credit union and got back into the borrowed vehicle with Dover ready to drive them away. 

The next day, Jones took possession of a Smith & Wesson 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and ammunition, despite having a prior felony conviction. The following day, Dover and Jones were involved in a high-speed police pursuit that resulted in Dover losing control and wrecking the vehicle. Jones attempted to run from police with the handgun in his possession, but was eventually apprehended. 

The charges were the result of an joint investigation by the FBI, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Johnson City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney T.J. Harker represented the United States in the court proceedings. 

 

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