GULFPORT -- South Alabama men charged in separate indictments in seven armed bank robberies from 2008 and 2012 will be prosecuted in one federal trial in Gulfport.
U.S. Chief District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. has decided the men will be tried together, even though two of them are charged in only one indictment. The men are accused of wearing masks and using stolen vehicles as getaway cars in five armed bank holdups in South Mississippi and one each in Greenville, Ala., and Pensacola.
The South Mississippi bank heists were in Biloxi, Gautier, Gulfport and Moss Point, where two banks were robbed. The trial is set for April 7.
Guirola approved the request of Assistant U.S. Attorney Stan Harris, whose written motion for a consolidated trial said a nearly four-year gap between the bank robberies came while Randy Laverne "Boss Hog" Marshall, 33, was in prison on a firearms conviction.
The motion, which outlines holdups conducted in a similar fashion, identified Marshall and Keith Anthony "Thug" Kiel, 37, as ringleaders of the bank robbery operation and said the two acted as a "common management team seeking a common goal."
Each bank was robbed in the same way in holdups that lasted about two minutes. The banks had no security guards, are near an interstate and are within a one- to two-hour drive of the Saraland/Prichard area of South Alabama, the document said.
The FBI investigation indicates the method of operation was this: The robbers used stolen sport-utility vehicles or pickup trucks as the initial getaway vehicle, abandoned them near the banks and returned to Mobile County in different vehicles.
Two of the robbers entered the banks with semi-automatic handguns while wearing distinctive masks or hoods believed made from the sleeves of thermal shirts. One bandit jumped over the counter to pilfer through tellers' drawers for cash, but the robbers never entered the bank vaults.
Lamarcus Deshon "Black Mark" Moore, 29, arraigned Monday, is accused of helping Marshall and Kiel with five bank robberies between December 2012 and last May.
Reginald Martez "Bama Boy" Robinson, 33, has admitted helping Marshall and Kiel rob two banks in May and June of 2008. Robinson accepted a plea agreement Jan. 30. He will be sentenced April 30.
Kiel also faces trial on a charge of witness intimidation. Court papers show Kiel allegedly tried to influence or prevent another person from testifying in the case on Sept. 25 in Harrison County. He repeatedly asked the person if he intended to plead guilty and said "if you keep your mouth shut, we'll all go home," the indictment said.
A grand jury indicted Marshall, Kiel and Moore in January on charges involving the 2008 robberies. Marshall, Kiel and Robinson were indicted last June on charges involving the 2012 bank heists.