For Immediate Release
Two Radcliff Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Armed Robbery
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two Radcliff men were sentenced this week for interference with commerce by robbery, brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division, Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office, Chief Jeremy Thompson of the Elizabethtown Police Department, and Chief Jeffrey A. Cross of the Radcliff Police Department made the announcement.
According to court documents, Damian Beamus, 27, was sentenced to 16 years and 4 months in prison, followed by a 3-year term of supervised release, for five counts of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
Beamus participated in armed robberies of five local businesses over a 30-day period. In each instance, Beamus or an accomplice was armed with a firearm and ordered employees to surrender business cash. On February 2, 2021, 007 Liquors in Radcliff was robbed of business cash. On February 28, 2021, Hibbett Sports in Radcliff was robbed of business cash. On February 21, 2021, the Applebee’s Bar and Grill in Radcliff was robbed of business cash. On February 25, 2021, the Stop N Shop in Elizabethtown was robbed of business cash. On March 2, 2021, Brooks Express in Radcliff was robbed of business cash.
Joshua Dimon Jones, 30, was sentenced to 7 years and 8 months in prison, followed by a 3-year term of supervised release, for interference with commerce by robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Jones participated in the February 25, 2021, armed robbery of Stop N Shop in Elizabethtown. Jones, a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing a firearm, was later found to be in possession of one of the firearms used in the robberies.
There is no parole in the federal system.
“This case is indicative of the collaboration and cooperation that exists among our federal, state and local enforcement agencies in the Western District,” stated U.S. Attorney Bennett. I commend our federal partners, the Elizabethtown Police Department and the Radcliff Police Department for their outstanding work which was critical to the successful prosecution of this case.”
“These two defendants threatened the safety of innocent people during this string of armed robberies,” said Special Agent in Charge Morrow. “I am proud of the investigative work of ATF and our law enforcement partners and the diligent work of the United States Attorney’s Office. These offenders will no longer terrorize our local businesses or prey on the innocent in our communities. These sentences send a clear message that if you use a firearm to commit a violent crime, Kentucky law enforcement will ensure you receive justice.”
“This case is an excellent example of collaboration at the local and federal level,” stated Chief Thompson. “When law enforcement agencies across our Commonwealth partner, we become a force multiplier in protecting our citizens. When agencies don’t care who gets the credit for great police work, the citizens of Kentucky win and criminals lose. We thank our local partners at the Radcliff Police Department, and our federal partners with the ATF, FBI and United States Attorney’s Office.”
The case was investigated by the ATF, the FBI, the Elizabethtown Police Department, and the Radcliff Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin McKenzie prosecuted the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results.