ATLANTA — A Jonesboro woman and her boyfriend have been sentenced to federal prison for carrying out a two-week crime spree that included a bank robbery and carjacking, U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan said Tuesday.
Quantavious Cedron Arnold, 30, of Atlanta, was sentenced June 14 to 25 years of imprisonment, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $8,200 in restitution, according to Buchanan’s office.
Arnold was convicted at trial on Jan. 14 of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to court reports.
Before the trial, Arnold pleaded guilty to other charges of carjacking, armed bank robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, according to Buchanan’s office.
Ericka Brewster, 31, of Jonesboro, was sentenced in November 2020 to four years, six months of imprisonment, five years of supervised release and ordered to pay $8,200 in restitution. Brewster pleaded guilty to one count of armed bank robbery, court records show.
“Both Arnold and Brewster have extensive violent criminal histories, and once again, put innocent civilians at risk during the span of their two-week crime spree,” said Keri Farley, special agent in charge of FBI Atlanta.
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According to court records, Arnold and two others carjacked a person on Nov. 14, 2019, at gunpoint and stole his car.
Two days later, Arnold used the stolen car to drive himself and Brewster to a DeKalb bank. The couple stood in line until Arnold approached the teller, pulled out a gun and threatened to kill people unless the teller surrendered thousands of dollars in case, court records show.
After pocketing the money, the couple fled from the bank in the stolen car, which they abandoned, according to Buchanan’s office.
Both Arnold and Brewster are convicted felons with extensive criminal histories, Buchanan said.
Brewster’s history includes convictions for fraud, theft and forgery offenses, Buchanan said, and Arnold’s history includes repeated convictions for unlawful gun possession, drug trafficking and violent crimes such as aggravated assault, battery and burglary.
Both defendants were serving multiple terms of state probation when they committed their federal crimes, and Arnold had been sentenced to two of those probation terms less than four months before he committed the carjacking and bank robbery, Buchanan added.