Fort Worth, Texas – Garland Gilmore Lenoir III, 52, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to serve a total of 221 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in October 2017 to his role in a conspiracy to rob Haltom’s Jewelers in Grapevine, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.
Lenoir pleaded guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to, and possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of, a crime of violence. He has been in custody since his arrest in July 2017.
Co-defendants, Melvin Lewis Andrews and Willie Thompson Jr. previously pleaded guilty to their roles and were sentenced by Judge O’Connor to 188 and 262 months in federal prison, respectively.
According to plea documents filed in the case, on October 3, 2014, the defendants traveled to Haltom’s Jewelers in a stolen vehicle and entered the store wearing masks and carrying handguns and hammers. They smashed the display cases with the hammers and stole merchandise, to include jewelry and watches.
The press release is available at justice.gov.