Two Indicted on Federal Violent Crime Charges

From:  News Release  6/21/17   GCN

Jackson, Miss – Two individuals are facing robbery and firearms charges in a federal indictment unsealed today in connection with the robbery of Bill’s Coin and Jewelry in Jackson on December 17, 2016, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Harold Brittain and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze.

Joshua Michael Garcia, 38, of Vancleave, Mississippi, is charged with robbery, three counts of discharging a firearm causing the murder of three individuals, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of death or imprisonment for any term of years or life, and a fine of up to $1,250,000.

Jamison Layne Townsend, 36, of Blue Springs, Missouri, is charged with robbery and three counts of discharging a firearm causing the murder of three individuals. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of death or imprisonment for any term of years or life, and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

This investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson Police Department with assistance from the U.S. Marshal Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Gulfport Police Department, and the Geary County Sheriff’s Department in Geary, Kansas. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Chalk and Deputy Criminal Chief Patrick Lemon. The defendants will be arraigned in federal court today at 2:30 p.m. before United States Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball.

The public is reminded that a criminal indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. It is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.