Four sentenced in Lansing credit union robberies

Posted: 1:32 PM, Oct 03, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-03 13:32:13-04

The last of four co-defendants that were involved in a pair of a Lansing credit union robberies were sentenced to federal prison late last week.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles announced that Brennen Jackson, 25, was sentenced to 92 months in federal prison; Kiarra Pennymon, 27, received a sentence of 33 months, and Maurice Clark II, 25, and Darnell Rowell, 21, each received 37 months.

"This case represents another example of local and federal investigators working together to protect our community,” said Miles in a statement. “The quick work of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office and Lansing Police Department in apprehending the robbers undoubtedly protected the community from future robberies by this group."

The first robbery happened on Sept. 3, 2015, at the DFCU Financial on S. Pennsylvania Avenue in Lansing. The release states that Jackson recruited Clark to commit the robbery, and Jackson and Pennymon drove Clark from Detroit to Lansing.

While on their way to Lansing, they stopped at a store to purchase makeup to cover Clark’s tattoos and colored contacts to help disguise him.

Pennymon admitted to assisting by casing the credit union, and she and Jackson waited in the getaway vehicle while Clark went in with a demand note and stole $40,000, according to the release.

Less than a week later, on Sept. 8, 2015, Jackson and Pennymon recruited Darnell Rowell and returned to the same credit union, and stole $35,000.

During the second robbery, Jackson and Pennymon waited in the getaway van while Rowell entered the credit union with a demand note.

The three were arrested by police on the highway fleeing the scene, and all but $200 that was stolen in the second robbery was recovered upon their arrest, the release states.

Pennymon and Clark pled guilty to the Sept. 3 robbery, and Jackson and Rowell pled to the Sept. 8t robbery. All four defendants will serve three years of court supervision after they are released from prison, and were each ordered to repay the credit union through restitution.

"The sentencing of Brennen Jackson demonstrates the resolve of the FBI and our local law enforcement partners to identify those responsible for robberies of Michigan financial institutions," said David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Division of the FBI. "As part of that effort, the FBI encourages the public to use a free FBI mobile application called BANK ROBBERS, which allows members of communities to review information about unsolved bank robberies. With the public’s help, we can become even more successful in identifying, arresting, and prosecuting subjects who pose a significant threat to the public."