HOUSTON – Two Houston men pleaded guilty Monday in the case of a robbery of an Amegy Bank branch in November 2012, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said.
Terrance Trent Batiste, 21, and Joshua Demond Clay, 28, pleaded guilty, while a third defendant, Kendrick Deswhan Castille, 19, also of Houston, had already entered a guilty plea in the case.
All three pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, for which each faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.
Batiste and Castille were also convicted of aiding and abetting aggravated bank robbery for which they face up to 25 years in prison and another maximum $250,000 fine.
Both also admitted to aiding and abetting the brandishing of a firearm during a crime of violence for which both will also face a minimum of seven years in prison, which must be served consecutively to any other prison term imposed.
According to investigators, the Amegy Bank on 1502 Eldridge Parkway in Houston was robbed at noon on Nov. 7, 2012. Batiste, Castille and Clay were apprehended by Houston police a short distance from the bank following a pursuit.
The investigation revealed that Castille and Batiste entered the bank wearing baseball hats. Batiste was armed with a dark-colored revolver, which was given to him by Castille before they entered the bank.
Castille and Batiste both jumped over the teller counter and demanded money from the victim teller.
Clay did not enter the bank, but all three got back into their vehicle and fled after the robbery. After a pursuit by HPD, the vehicle carrying the defendants stopped into the Forest Park Cemetery, located at 12800 Westheimer in Houston, where it ran over and destroyed several tombstones.
Clothing and hats worn by Batiste and Castille were recovered from the vehicle along with a large amount of U.S. currency.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt, who accepted all of the guilty pleas, has set Castille’s sentencing for Dec. 16, while Clay and Batiste will be sentenced Dec. 2, and Nov. 25, respectively.
All are in custody where they will remain pending their sentencing hearings.