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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

August 23, 2010

A. Brian Albritton, United States Attorney

Contact: Steve Cole

(813) 274-6136

(813) 274-6300 (fax)

Brothers Sentenced for Armed Robbery in Titusville

Orlando, Florida — U.S. Attorney A. Brian Albritton announces that U.S. District Judge John Antoon, II on August 20, 2010, sentenced Ramiret Davis (age 25, of Titusville) to 15 years in federal prison for conspiracy and armed robbery. Davis was found guilty by a jury on May 6, 2010. Davis’s brother, Loranzo Thomas (age 23, of Albany, Georgia) pleaded guilty on May 4, 2010, to charges of conspiracy, and armed robbery. Thomas was sentenced to 13 years and 7 months in federal prison.

According to court documents, on November 21, 2009, Davis and Thomas went into a Marathon Gas Station in Titusville with a revolver and a shotgun and demanded money from the clerk at gunpoint. The robbers pistol-whipped the clerk, and then shoved him into the store’s walk-in cooler before leaving with over $700. Two days later, Davis and Thomas drove to the Community Educator’s Credit Union in Titusville, intending to commit another armed robbery. While they were preparing to commit the robbery, they were spotted by a witness, who promptly called the police. The Titusville Police Department immediately responded, and were able to prevent the robbery and arrest the brothers. At the time of arrest, Davis and Thomas were found with a revolver, a pump shotgun, and a sawed-off shotgun.

U.S. Attorney Albritton stated: I want to commend the Titusville Police Department and ATF for their teamwork which resulted in a successful prosecution and a long term prison sentence.

Virginia O’Brien, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s central and north Florida operations stated: These violent brothers were a two man crime wave. Innocent customers and employees lives were endangered due to the Davis brothers’ disregard for the law. Because of the courage and efforts of the Titusville Police Department Officers, the Davis brothers are behind bars for a long time.

This case was investigated by the Titusville Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Also assisting in this case was the Brevard County Cease Fire Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent S. Chiu.

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