Kaleem Stephens and his colleagues had big plans.
They were going to knock over an armored car, with the help of some employees on the inside. The take would be about $250,000.
The plans included Stephens using what he called "a Bin Laden-style gun" on the driver which, evidence showed, apparently meant an SKS rifle.
Unfortunately for him, the "inside employees" he was describing his grand scheme to were undercover agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Stephens, 30, was sentenced to 12 years in prison today.
His colleagues Victor Tyrone Bruno, 29, Jermaine McNeal, 29, and Ervin Clark, 23, also were sentenced.
Bruno and Clark pleaded guilty to conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and received sentences of 81 and 84 months, respectively, while McNeal will serve three years of probation for his conviction of misprision of a felony.
Another defendant, Nicholas Dushon Price, 31, will be sentenced in April.
They were all arrested on the planned date of the robbery, September 10 last year. Agents found a loaded SKS rifle and two loaded pistols in the cars carrying the defendants as well as a pistol in Stephens's car.
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