BARSTOW • Five men convicted of robbing the Chase bank in Barstow in 2009 will serve sentences ranging from 18 years to 36 years to life in prison.
A San Bernardino County judge Friday sentenced James Rials, 42, of Moreno Valley to serve 36 years and eight months in prison. Benny Harris, 47, will serve 35 years and 8 months in prison. Anthony Chambers, 24, of Los Angeles will serve 36 years to life in prison. Twenty-eight-year-old Jamaal Waiters of Lancaster and Lasall Kimbrough, 20, of Los Angeles, will both serve 18 years and 8 months in prison.
The five men were convicted in November 2010 of second-degree armed robbery, street terrorism and assault with a semiautomatic weapon for robbing the Chase bank at 1291 East Main Street a year earlier. A sixth member of the group, 38-year-old Tamla Travis, of Los Angeles, was sentenced to 12 years in prison August 2010 after pleading guilty to one count of robbery with gang allegations.
According to Deputy District Attorney Joel Buckingham, Harris and Rials received stronger prison sentences because of prior strikes on their record. Chambers received 36 years to life because of two prior strikes for robbery.
During the robbery, three men entered the bank and held customers at gunpoint, fleeing with $187,519 in cash. Police arrested Harris and Rials after stopping the getaway car and another car associated with another robbery near Lillian Drive and East Virginia Way.
A third car associated with the bank robbery was stopped on southbound Interstate 15. Travis, Waiters, Chambers and Kimbrough were arrested. Police found evidence that linked the vehicle to both robberies.
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