Racine bank robbery, kidnappings; 4 sentenced in 2019

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William Howell, George Pearson-Robb, Lamarra Powell, Donterious Robb

The four people accused of robbing a Racine bank in 2019, kidnapping the branch manager and his children in the process, have now been convicted.

These four people – William Howell, George Pearson-Robb, Lamarra Powell and Donterious Robb – have been charged with holding the woman and children, aged 2 and 5, hostage to carry out the robbery.

Court documents say the woman and children were held in a basement near 37th and Concordia on the north side of Milwaukee. They were given a bucket to use as a toilet and McDonald’s Happy Meals to eat while the four plotted the robbery.

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Prosecutors said the family was driven to Milwaukee in the woman’s car on June 29, 2019, and held at gunpoint with what police say was a fake weapon.

The next morning, according to court documents, they returned to the bank and used the woman’s security codes to enter and made her turn off the bank’s alarm. They then went into the safe and filled bags with cash.

House near 37th and Concordia

The four drove off and left the woman and her children behind, so they ran and called 911. Later that morning, the car was found burned out and abandoned near Buffum and Clarke in Milwaukee.

Each of the four was charged with multiple counts. The convictions and case details for each are as follows:

Guillaume Howell, 22 years old: He pleaded guilty to armed robbery with threat of force, robbery of a financial institution and kidnapping. He was sentenced on July 11, 2022 to 36 years in prison and 20 years of prolonged supervision.

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George Pearson Robb, 22: In 2021, he was found guilty at trial of robbing a financial institution, armed robbery with threat of force and three counts of kidnapping. He was sentenced on May 16, 2022 to 40 years in prison and 30 years of prolonged supervision.

Lamar Powell, 21: She pleaded guilty on February 7, 2022 to theft from a financial institution and was sentenced to five years of probation. As part of a plea deal, several kidnapping charges were dismissed.

Donterious Robb, 26: He pleaded guilty to robbery at a financial institution, armed robbery with threat of force and one count of kidnapping in 2020. He was sentenced on January 22, 2021 to 35 years in prison and 20 years of extended monitoring. Other kidnapping charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

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