Three of the men involved in third largest armored car heist in US history have been sentenced. Darryl Frierson, the Express Teller Armored Car Services employee considered the one who planned the heist in Columbia in 2007, received 25 years in prison. Jeremy McPhail and Dominic Lyde received the same. Paul Whitaker received three years for conspiracy. The judge denied a request to reduce the 25-year sentences already given to Domonique Blakney and Kelby Blakney.The thieves made off with almost $10 million. More than $5 million of that remains missing. But authorities say the heist team underestimated the amount in the truck that day, and they made off with a little more than half of what was there.
Investigators say the six young men, four of whom were college students, then spent a week throwing money around on strippers, tennis shoes and cars, as well as Mother’s Day gifts.
Fifth Circuit Assistant Solicitor Daniel Goldberg is pleased with the sentences. He says a major consideration in the sentencing was the assault on the armored truck driver. David Jones was left tied in duck tape, with broken bones and teeth knocked out. Goldberg says David Jones not only suffered physical injuries, but mental ones, caused by the fact that he was betrayed by his working partner, the armored car guard.
And Goldberg says the armored car company was slated to be sold the day following the robbery. As a result of the robbery, the sale was put off a few months.
Goldberg says investigators still don’t know what happened to $5 million of the stolen money.
“We’re not really sure. We know some was spent. We know some was stolen from them. The balance is unaccounted for. It could be stashed away somewhere.”