Men Plead Guilty to Attempted Armor Car Heist

MIDLAND - Three men accused of attempting to rob an armored car earlier this year in Odessa have pleaded guilty in Federal Court.

19-year-old Christopher Simmons, 20-year old Joshua Bell and 19-year-old Preston Savell pleaded guilty to attempted bank robbery, conspiracy to commit bank robbery and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

Back in June, the three tried to rob an armored car outside the Western National Bank on Grandview in Odessa. During the robbery an armored car guard was shot four times. He was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and released.

The three men then fled the scene, but were arrested later that day at the Airline Mobile Home Park in Midland County.

Each defendant faces up to 25 years imprisonment for attempted bank robbery, up to five years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit bank robbery and between 10 years and life imprisonment for using a firearm during a crime of violence.

No sentencing date has been set.