The sentences for the eight defendants ranged from 5 to 40 years in the federal penitentiary. They were found guilty in a series of bank holdups in grocery stores in which they were heavily armed. One robbery in August 2011 was interrupted by off-duty Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Ellison, who was shot twice trying to intervene.
This is Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia:
"They've all been sentenced from 5 years to the shooter. The shooter has received 525 months, effectively 43-44 years. That individual will be sentenced without parole."
Sgt. Ellison was on his way to work that day in 2011 when he stopped at a Randall's in Sugar Land during the holdup. He was in federal court for the sentencing of the criminals, including the shooter.
"It grieves me. You know, it's sort of being agitated, in reference to somebody that can totally disregard human life, and to be able to say that I'm sorry, that's not enough. And if you ask me was he sorry? No, I think he's sorry that he got caught more than anything else."
Three more of the serial bank robbery gang will be sentenced next month.