Huntsville Man Sentenced To 38 Years For String Of Bank Robberies


Tavares Oliver (File Photo)

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville man was sentenced today in federal court for a string of bank robberies in north Alabama.

U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre sentenced Tavares Antwan Oliver, 35, to more than 38 years in prison.  In May, Oliver pleaded guilty to armed bank robbery and, bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.  He admitted to robbing two banks, the CB&S Bank on University Drive in Huntsville on September 29, 2010 and Bancorp South on Hughes Road in Madison on October 25, 2010.   He also admitted to robbing Peoples Bank on Beltline Road in Decatur on Dec. 8, 2010.

“Getting violent criminals off of our streets is a top priority,” said U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said. “That is what today’s sentence does for the next 38 years.”

Two other men have been convicted and sentenced in these crimes. 

In March, Ronald Lewis Henderson, 26, of Huntsville man, to six years and three months in prison for the armed robberies at CB&S Bank and Peoples Bank. Henderson pleaded guilty to the charges.

In December, Anthony Shawn Clark, Jr., 23, of Madison, was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison for the 2010 robbery of Bancorp South in Madison.  He also pleaded guilty to the charge.

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