One of the three men known as the Scream Mask Bandits was sentenced Dec. 13 for his role in a November 2015 crime spree that included armed bank robbery, car theft and the shooting of an innocent bystander.
Miguel David Sanders, 29, will spend …
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Miguel David Sanders, 29, will spend 371 years in prison for the crimes. Co-defendants Myloh Jaqory Mason, 26, and Tyrone Javonne Richardson, 32, have yet to be sentenced.
Mason faces a habitual criminal trial and sentencing hearing at 9 a.m. Feb. 8, and Richardson has his habitual criminal trial and sentencing hearing at 9 a.m. on March 8.
A Jefferson County jury, on Nov. 18 — one year after the crime spree — found all three men guilty of a number of charges against them, including attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, burglary, eluding and aggravated motor vehicle theft. The trial lasted three weeks.
The crime spree included 17 victims, multiple crime scenes that stretched from Lakewood to Sheridan and more than 100 law enforcement officers from several agencies that helped in an extensive search in attempt to detain the felons.
The manhunt for three armed men wearing Scream masks who entered the First Bank at Kipling and Jewell began at about 11 a.m. Nov. 18, 2015. Weapons included four guns, additional high-capacity magazines and 125 rounds of ammunition. Two of the bank’s three customers managed to escape and called 911.
Sanders, Mason and Richardson demanded the 11 bank employees open the vault and teller drawers at gunpoint. The men escaped with more than $50,000 and left the victims in the vault.
Trial testimony revealed that the trio abandoned the stolen car they drove to the bank and switched to a rental car they had staged for a getaway. However, they crashed the getaway car and walked to a neighborhood on West Eldorado Place in Lakewood, where they kicked in the door at the home of a 65-year-old man. They ordered the man to get his car keys and phone, and told him that he was going with them.
While in the man’s garage, he attempted to escape his attackers and ran down his driveway. He was shot four times before collapsing on a neighbor’s porch. The trio stole his mini-van and took off.
They crashed the mini-van in the area of Sheridan High School and the Sheridan Recreation Center and took off on foot. They attempted to car jack a vehicle from the rec center’s parking lot and assaulted and shot the 30-year-old woman who owned the car. Her 53-year-old mother attempted to help her, but was beaten and suffered broken bones in her face. The trio was unable to get the car to start and took off on foot.
Armed with two guns, Sanders ran toward the high school’s bus depot. He approached a bus driver, held a gun to her head and ordered her to get in the bus and drive. She refused and was able to escape. Police arrived shortly thereafter and found Sanders hiding under the bus.
Richardson was arrested six days later.
The FBI designated Mason as one of the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives, but was finally located and arrested on Jan. 15.
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