- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Two Alabama men found guilty in a string of bank robberies stretching from Gulfport to Pensacola, Florida, have been given lengthy sentences by a federal judge in Mississippi.

Prosecutors said the two men are responsible for eight armed bank robberies from 2008 and 2012.

U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola on Tuesday sentenced Randy Laverne Marshall, 34, of Pritchard, Alabama, to 142 years in prison. The judge sentenced Keith Anthony Kiel, 38, of Mobile, Alabama, to 67 years in prison.

Defense attorneys presented several objections to the pre-sentencing report, which establishes sentencing guidelines, but Guirola overruled all of them, noting that even if he sustained all the objections, it would not change the sentencing guidelines.

Each man was sentenced to 5 years post-release supervision and ordered to pay $191,321 in restitution to the banks, bank employees and vehicle owners whose vehicles were stolen for use the robberies.

Kiel and Marshall told the judge they planned to appeal.

The two men were found guilty in July of committing a series of bank robberies between March 2008 through May 2013 in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida — and including robberies in Moss Point, Ocean Springs, Gautier and Greenville, Alabama.

They were charged in three separate federal indictments which were consolidated for trial.

Three of the robberies occurred from March through June 2008, with the other five robberies occurring from December 2012 through May 2013. A 4-year gap in the timeline coincides with the time Marshall was in custody for another conviction, prosecutors said.

Marshall was arrested on May 19, 2013, on a state warrant just days after the Hancock Bank robbery in Moss Point, and Kiel was arrested on a federal warrant in September 2013.

The two co-defendants, Lamarcus Moore and Reginald Robinson, of Saraland, Alabama, previously pleaded guilty to related charges and were cooperating accomplice witnesses against Kiel and Marshall. Moore pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery. They are serving prison terms of five and four years, respectively.

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