A 23-year-old Charlotte man was sentenced Monday to nearly 20 years in federal prison for his role in a series of bank robberies across the Charlotte region in the summer of 2009, prosecutors say.
Rashard Dean Boyd was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Max Cogburn Jr. to 19 years and seven months, with no chance of parole. Two brothers, 25-year-old Shameron Waddel Hallman and 20-year-old Cameron Jamond Hallman, already have been sentenced for their roles in the bank robbery ring.
Federal authorities say the three men were responsible for 11 robberies in two months, and prosecutors say the men pointed guns at victims -- including some young children in their parents’ arms -- during the crimes. After one robbery, prosecutors say, a victim had to be hospitalized with hear problems.
The robberies happened in Charlotte, Belmont, Concord, Denver, Huntersville, Kannapolis and Rock Hill. Authorities say the men robbed nine auto parts store, a Domino’s Pizza, and a Subway restaurant. Some of the 77 victims were robbed twice at the same business, authorities say.
Prosecutors say the suspects locked victims in bathrooms during some robberies. In another robbery, a defendant allegedly cocked his shotgun and shouted, “You don’t think this is real?” at the victims.
Shameron Hallman was sentenced to 14 years and 8 months in prison. Cameron Hallman’s sentence was nine years and six months.