Duo gets prison time in deadly armed truck robberies

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Duo gets prison time in deadly armed truck robberies

Two men convicted in a series of deadly armed truck robberies will spend decades in federal prisons, the U.S. Attorney’s office said today.

Ashley Henderson, 30, was sentenced to 75 years and Stacey Dooley, 37, was sentenced to 40 years for the robberies in the Atlanta area between October 2010 and March 2011, U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said.

“The sentencing of these two defendants closes one chapter on a disturbingly violent robbery crew that had all Atlanta area law enforcement on high alert back in 2010 and 2011,” Yates said in an emailed statement. “These robberies grew increasingly violent and dangerous not only to armored car couriers, but to the public who had the misfortune to be nearby. The dismantling and sentencing of this robbery crew makes our district a safer place, and the long prison terms provide justice for the truly senseless murder of Mr. Castillo.”

Henderson and Dooley were part of a group that robbed armored car couriers between October 2010 and March 2011, according to investigators. Members of the crew were linked to six robberies involving more than $470,000, Yates said.

During the robberies, one or two gunmen would approach a courier after the courier picked up cash from a location or was about to restock an ATM machine with cash, according to investigators. Other members of the robbery crew would act as lookouts during the robberies, with one being the designated getaway driver.

In March 2011, Henderson shot and killed Gary Castillo, 32, outside the Toco Hill Kroger. Castillo was shot three times as he walked to his vehicle after collecting cash from the store on Lavista Road.

Henderson, Dooley and their conspirators were linked to similar robberies in Marietta, Buford, Snellville and Stone Mountain, according to Yates’ office.

Henderson pleaded guilty to five counts of Hobbs Act robbery, or armed robbery of the couriers, and three counts of carrying and using a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Dooley pleaded guilty to six counts of Hobbs Act robbery and two counts of carrying and using a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Other defendants pleading guilty include: Quentin Booker, 36, of Douglasville; Edwin Thornton, 31, of Atlanta; Derrick Powell, 26, of Atlanta; Michael Johnson, 31, of Atlanta; Ronnie Little, 22, of Stone Mountain; Veronica Bullard, 35, of Lithia Springs; and Desiree Jones, 29, of Snellville. Details on their sentences was not released.

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