FLORIDA — A previously convicted armed bank robber has been indicted again for armed bank robbery, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida (USAO).
On Thursday, United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announced the return of an indictment charging Grant Elmore Davis, Jr., 71, of Mansfield, Ohio, with armed bank robbery, discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.
If convicted on all counts, Davis faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 25 years, up to life, in federal prison, the USAO said. The indictment also notifies Davis that the United States intends to forfeit the firearm and ammunition used to facilitate the offense.
According to court documents, Davis entered the Truist Bank branch in Fort Myers and discharged a handgun while making verbal commands for the teller to give him money from the cash register. Reportedly, after obtaining money from the teller, Davis fled the bank.
In November 2001, Davis was convicted of armed bank robbery and using and carrying a short-barreled shotgun in relation to a crime of violence. Therefore, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation both looked into this case. Assistant United States Attorney Mark Morgan will prosecute it.