Trio Sentenced to Prison for Attempted Bank Robbery

MIDLAND - Three men who attempted to rob an armored car and shot a guard in Odessa have been sentenced to prison.

19-year-old Christopher Simmons, 20-year-old Joshua Bell and 19-year-old Preston Savell were each sentenced to almost 26 years behind bars in Midland Federal Court on Tuesday afternoon.

Each man will also have to pay a little over $30,000 in restitution to the guard who was shot.

The three plead guilty to attempted bank robbery, conspiracy to commit bank robbery, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence earlier this year.

Back in June, they tried to rob an armored car outside the Western National Bank on Grandview in Odessa.

During that attempted heist, they shot the armored car guard four times. Despite being shot four times, the guard was able to recover.

Each man could have been sentenced to up to life in prison.