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UPDATE: 2 bank robbers sentenced to decades in prison

Gang members were captured following dramatic chase into L.A. while tossing money out of car

Posted: April 4, 2014 4:41 p.m.
Updated: April 4, 2014 4:41 p.m.

Two reputed gang members convicted of robbing a bank in Canyon Country before leading police on a wild chase down Los Angeles freeways to downtown, where they tossed money from their fleeing car, were sentenced Friday to lengthy prison terms.

Terion Lamarr Collins, 27, was sentenced to 45 years, eight months in prison and Lavelle Mosley, 24, was sentenced to 33 years in state prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Moira Curry.

Collins and Mosley were convicted of five counts each of second-degree robbery on Jan. 31. Jurors also found true allegations regarding gang affiliation and gun use for both defendants, according to the District Attorney’s office.

Collins and Mosley were identified by prosecutors as members of the Rollin 40s Crips gang in Los Angeles.

Jurors found that the two robbed a Canyon Country branch of Bank of America on Sept. 12, 2012, where they threatened tellers and customers before fleeing the bank with cash.

The two fled the scene by car and led law enforcement on a high-speed chase for about an hour down the Highway 14, 210 and Pasadena freeways into downtown L.A.

Near the University of Southern California their driver got off the freeway and drove into increasingly narrow residential streets as Collins and Mosley tossed money and evidence out of the vehicle.

Bystanders rushed to the vehicle to scoop up cash, hampering its progress. The vehicle finally stopped when another car pulled in front of it, and the suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Initially arrested with Collins and Mosley was a third man, Phillip Ely, accused by prosecutors of being the getaway driver in the scheme. Ely was acquitted by a jury of all charges.

His lawyer argued in early January that Ely was told he could receive $50 if he picked up someone near the bank on the morning of the robbery and that he only complied with Collins’ and Mosley’s orders because he feared for his safety.

However, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Daniel Feldstern of the San Fernando Branch “ruled that there was enough evidence about Ely’s participation (in) the robbery to find him in violation of probation from an unrelated drug conviction,” according to a news release from the District Attorney’s office.

“Ely was sentenced to time served for the probation violation on Feb. 26,” the news release reads.

A fourth man thought to be involved in the robbery remains at large, according to the District Attorney’s office. That man was dropped off in Sylmar during the early stages of the chase and was not found.
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