SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man charged in a series of takeover-style bank robberies that netted nearly $300,000 was sentenced Thursday to more than 17 years in state prison.
Tranes Goins, 29, was convicted of two counts of robbery and being armed during the holdups. Jurors acquitted Goins of three robbery counts.
Prosecutors said Goins was among a group charged in five robberies that took place between September 2008 and January 2009.
Thaddeus Williams was convicted earlier this year of being the getaway driver in three of the holdups and was sentenced to 14 years and four months in state prison. Terry Mixon, 25, and Jeremy Gibbs, 23, are set to stand trial on Aug. 29.
Deputy District Attorney Allen Brown said during Williams' trial that a group of four -- and in one case five men -- committed takeover-style holdups in which they entered the banks with guns drawn, jumped the counter and ordered the manager to open the vault.
Brown told the jury that on Sept. 30, 2008, three suspects got out of a car and robbed a U.S. Bank branch in Del Mar of $136,807. The robbers wore masks and athletic gloves, and at least two of them had guns, the prosecutor said.
Two people ordered to the ground were pepper-sprayed, Brown said.
On Dec. 1, 2008, Brown said, four robbers got out of a different car and held up a Pacific Western bank in Rancho Bernardo of more than $25,500. The robbers got away, but money stained with red dye by the bank and a .32-caliber pistol were found outside the bank.
On Dec. 13, 2008, a group of men rushed into a Wells Fargo Bank in El Cajon and got away with nearly $13,000.
On Dec. 22, 2008, four men in hooded sweatshirts rushed into a U.S. Bank branch in San Marcos and got away with about $103,000.
On Jan. 24, 2009, three robbers took more than $13,000 from a Bank of America branch in Del Cerro.
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