Armed bank robber found guilty by jury, officials said

Armed bank robber found guilty by jury, officials said

Julian Thomas, 31, was found guilty of armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence Wednesday.

The evidence presented at the trial showed that Thomas and James Thompson, 29, robbed People’s Community Bank in Plain on Oct. 7, 2014. Thompson pleaded guilty in federal court on Oct. 4, according to the DOJ.

The jury reached its verdict for Thomas after 10 hours of deliberation following two days of testimony in federal court, officials said.

Based on witness testimony, Thomas forced the bank vice president to open the vault while Thompson held two bank tellers at gunpoint. After obtaining cash from the vault and the teller drawers, Thomas and Thompson ordered the three bank employees to the back of the bank, sprayed pepper spray in their eyes and ordered them to kneel with their hands on the floor, officials said.

Thomas’ sentencing hearing was scheduled for Jan. 10. Thompson’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5. Each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison on the armed bank robbery charge, and a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years on the gun charge, according to the DOJ.