2 bank robbers sentenced

  • 2 bank robbers sentenced
    2 bank robbers sentenced

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City man with a history of involvement in robberies was sentenced to federal prison recently along with his lover from Norman.

Duncan Eric “Duke” Herron II and Regenea Carol Berry were sentenced to more than 12 years’ imprisonment, collectively, for an armed robbery of a branch bank a year ago.

Herron, 32, and Berry, 31, admitted robbing the International Bank of Commerce branch in Moore on May 14, 2019. Their haul netted $19,821, court records reflect.

A pickup registered to Herron quickly came to the attention of investigators, and a search warrant execut at the home in Norman where Herron lived with Berry revealed $9,176 stashed in multiple locations, according to an FBI affidavit.

Berry denied participating in the robbery and claimed she won some of that money during a recent trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, an FBI agent reported. However, 11 bills whose serial numbers had been recorded by the bank prior to the holdup were found in Berry’s house during execution of a search warrant, the investigator informed the court.

Both defendants pleaded guilty on July 22, 2019, to a felony charge of bank robbery.

Berry was sentenced to almost six years in federal prison, Herron to seven years, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Goodwin. Collectively the two bandits were ordered to pay $19,821 in restitution to the bank, and each will be under three years of supervision upon release from prison.

Herron was convicted in 2012 of “obstruct[ing], delay[ing] and affect[ing] commerce” by participating in the robbery of a pharmacy in Tulsa the year before. During the investigation of that holdup Herron “also admitted that he served as the getaway driver during the robbery of a credit union in Tulsa” in September 2011, the FBI reported.

Herron was sentenced in June 2013 to two years in federal prison but was discharged on supervised release 13 months later.

In October 2014 he was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service after he was arrested in Edmond for driving under suspension, driving a vehicle that had an expired license tag, and having no insurance while operating a motor vehicle.

Herron was caught using marijuana in October 2015 and again in February 2016. He also was cited for failure to report for random drug tests in Oc- tober and December 2015 and in March, May, June and July 2016, court records show.

Herron pleaded “no contest” in Tulsa County District Court in 2008 to having no security verification when stopped by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and was assessed $196.50 in fines and fees, records indicate.