Avondale bank robber sentenced to 12 years in prison

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The following is a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:


PHOENIX -- Antawone Williams, 26, of Phoenix, was sentenced here on November 10, 2008, to 144 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow. Williams pleaded guilty on July 21, 2008, to one count of armed bank robbery and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence.

On June 19, 2007, Williams drove his co-defendant, Samuel Jackson, to the Alhambra Credit Union in Avondale and was the get-away driver while Jackson robbed the bank. Jackson pointed a gun at tellers inside the bank and demanded money. The loss to the credit union was $24,144. Jackson pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.