A previously convicted bank robber who led a Los Angeles-based bank ring — but never entered a bank himself — was sentenced Monday to more than 32 years behind bars.
Gary Lamar “G Thing” Henry, 38, was also ordered to pay $84,000 in restitution along with the 387-month federal prison sentence.
Acknowledging Henry’s family members in the downtown Los Angeles courtroom, U.S. District Judge Robert H. Whaley noted the “incredibly long amount of time” facing the defendant.
“The family should just stay in touch with him as much as you can,” the judge said from the bench.
Henry was found guilty at trial last year for his role in the five-man takeover crew linked to seven heists throughout the Southland and one in Bakersfield. He faced a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 21 years for three counts involving the firearm used in the robberies.
At each of the 2016 robberies, the gun was pointed at tellers. Though no physical injuries were reported, armed bank robbery is “extremely dangerous” and “it’s likely someone’s going to get killed” in the commission of such crimes, Whaley said.
The defendant declined an opportunity to speak to the court.
Henry led the five-person crew, orchestrated the robberies and provided the gun. However, he never entered the target banks, preferring to remain outside to keep watch, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Chemerinsky.
The robberies included heists at banks in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, San Marino, Arcadia, El Monte, Stevenson Ranch and Hacienda Heights.
Previously, Orlando “TC Gket Dough” Soto-Forcey, Michael Anthony Spencer and getaway driver Daniel “Malo” Ochoa pleaded guilty in the case and were each sentenced to about a dozen years in federal prison.