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'Rick James Robbers' convicted of spree of bank robberies

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Posted at 12:41 PM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 12:41:57-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Three men dubbed the "Rick James Robbers" were convicted this week in a string of 2015 bank robberies.

The three men – Duprece Jett, of Indianapolis, and Damion McKissick and Earl Lee Walker, of Fort Wayne (all three are 38) – were found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery and attempted bank robbery in U.S. District Court.

Jett and McKissick earned the nickname the "Rick James Robbers" due to a disguise of long hair and sunglasses worn during bank robberies.

The pair began their spree in September 2015 with the robbery of the Advanced America Check Cashing Service in the 5600 block of Georgetown Road in Indianapolis. They were also accused in robberies at the Indiana Members Credit Union on Weslyan Road in Indianapolis, and the IMCU location in Avon, Indiana.

Jett, McKissick and Walker were eventually arrested following an attempted robbery of the IMCU location in Carmel in December 2015.

“The reign of terror for these three men is over,” said U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler. “Those who put our citizens in harm’s way and disrupt commerce in Central Indiana will be held accountable.”

Sentencing for all three men is scheduled for May 2017. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the men could face up to 40 years in prison.