Two Shreveport men responsible for a rash of local robberies will spend the rest of their lives in prison.
Myles W. Robinson, 21, was sentenced to 314 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $18,000 in restitution. Halston M. Smith, 22, was sentenced 138 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $8,000.
Both men were found guilty of a string of armed robberies that took place within five months at 15 Louisiana and Texas businesses. Many of those robberies happened in Shreveport, including Break and Run Bar, Superior Bar and Grill and Outback Steakhouse in November 2012.
The men stole more than $20,000 from these businesses, according to a news release from the US Department of Justice. Robinson was convicted of 27 counts and Smith 13 counts.
Two other defendants, James D. Tyson, 22, and 24-year-old Tremario D. Washington, took place in the robberies and were sentenced to nine years in prison.
"Over many months, the men involved in these robberies terrorized employees and customers of the businesses targeted, and now they must face the consequences of their destructive and violent activity," US attorney Stephanie Finley said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, Bossier City Police Department, and the Atlanta, Texas Police Department took part in the investigation that led to the arrest and prosecution of these men.