Florida man convicted of robbing Douglas bank

Cousins convicted in violent hold-up

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After a two-day trial, a jury in federal district court returned a guilty verdict Wednesday against Tony Tyrone Webb Jr. for the armed bank robbery of the Southeastern Bank in Douglas.

The evidence at trial showed that Webb, 21, of Orlando, and his cousin, Olajawonne Webb, robbed the Southeastern Bank of over $13,000 on Nov. 28, 2011. During the robbery, Tony Webb vaulted the bank counter, pinned one teller against the wall and pushed another teller to the ground. Prosecutors say Olajawonne Webb pleaded guilty to his role in the bank robbery and testified against Tony Webb at trial.

"We cannot allow this Wild Wild West mentality to prevail. Violent crimes in our communities will not be ignored," U.S Attorney Edward J. Tarver stated. "Whether it be in a large city like Augusta and Savannah, or in smaller communities like Douglas and Brunswick, those who commit violent crimes will be apprehended and prosecuted."

Both Tony and Olajawonne Webb remain in custody pending sentencing. They each face a maximum statutory penalties of 45 years in prison, a fine of up to $500,000 and 5 years supervised release. 

The case was tried before Chief District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood at the U.S. Courthouse in Waycross.

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