HOUSTON – A 22-year-old Houston man who was convicted in the April 2013 robbery of Regions Bank in Humble has been sentenced to 189 months in federal prison.
Demontray Ward entered guilty pleas to aggravated bank robbery and brandishing a firearm.
U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore handed Ward a sentence of 105 months for the aggravated bank robbery, which be served consecutively to another 84 months for brandishing a firearm. The sentence was enhanced due to the fact evidence presented indicated that two bank employees had been struck in the back of the head.
Justin Devon Hayes, 24, also of Houston, was also convicted in the crime.
Hayes, Ward and a third, now deceased man, robbed the Regions Bank at 7044 East FM 1960 in Humble on April 26, 2013, authorities said. Ward was armed with a loaded shotgun, while the other two had loaded pistols. The men demanded money and threatened the tellers, then became agitated when they realized the vault was on a 10-minute timer, investigators said.
Investigators said Ward disarmed a Houston police officer who entered the bank. Then outside, another officer witnessed the three men leave the bank and enter an SUV. As he attempted to confront them, the vehicle drove toward him so the officer fired and the driver was shot and killed. Ward and Hayes were then taken into custody.
Ward will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.
Hayes is set for sentencing on May 5, 2014.