Killer In 2001 CU Heist Gets Life In Prison Without Parole

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DETROIT – A man who faced the death penalty over the murder of an armored truck guard outside Dearborn FCU was sentenced to life in prison without parole in federal court yesterday.

Timothy O'Reilly was convicted of murder in August for fatally shooting Norman “Anthony” Stephens during a 2001 robbery that netted $205,000 at the credit union, now known as DFCU Financial.

A 12-person jury took less than an hour to convict O’Reilly, 37, on Aug. 3, but could not reach a unanimous verdict in sentencing him to death, prompting the life sentence.

O’Reilly was part of an African-American motorcycle gang that participated in at least one other armored truck heist of $175,000 at a Comerica Bank branch.

Judge Victoria Roberts said O’Reilly showed a “total disregard for law and a total disregard for life” and ordered restitution of $374,000 to be paid to the armored car companies and their insurer.

 

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