Four men received life sentences on Tuesday for their roles in a “shoot-first-rob-later” scheme, including an armored-truck heist that resulted in the death of a security courier.
John Edward Scott and Bennie Charles Phillips, Jr. were sentenced consecutively to life and 20 years in a federal penitentiary, for using a firearm and aiding and abetting in a Dec. 7, 2016, robbery that was thwarted by police and FBI agents
Nelson Alexander Polk and Marc Anthony Hill were sentenced to two life terms and an additional 20 years, for the prior two charges and for aiding and abetting in another heist that resulted in the death of courier David Guzman.
The men were sentenced in U.S. District Judge David Hittner’s court.
On Aug. 29, 2016, Guzman was stocking an ATM at a Wells Fargo branch in northwest Houston as an alleged ringleader, Redrick Batiste, fatally shot him from a distance. As he lay dying, robbers swooped in and took $120,000 in cash.
Batiste was killed during a shootout with police in the December robbery