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Final suspect pleads guilty in armored car robbery spree

ATLANTA — All 10 members of the crew responsible for string of violent armored car robberies across metro Atlanta have now entered guilty pleas.

Quentin Booker, 36, of Douglasville, pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges. Authorities believe he was the lookout in five of the six robberies that occurred between October 2010 and March 2011. Three of the crimes — which targeted armored car couriers refilling ATMs — took place in Gwinnett County.

The March 15, 2011, robbery outside a DeKalb County Kroger store ended in the shooting death of courier Gary Castillo, a Lawrenceville resident.

Members of the crew, all who have now entered guilty pleas, included: Ashley Henderson, 29, of Snellville; Stacey Dooley, 37, of Snellville; Edwin Thornton, 31, of Atlanta; Derrick Powell, 26, of Atlanta; Michael Johnson, 31, of Atlanta; Ronnie Little, 22, of Stone Mountain; Veronica Bullard, 35, of Lithia Springs; and Desiree Jones, 29, of Snellville.

Most pleaded guilty to various counts of Hobbs Act robbery, which covers robbery or extortion “affecting interstate or foreign commerce,” as well as gun charges. Henderson and Dooley are facing the federal equivalent of murder charges.

Jones pleaded guilty only to two counts of “unlawfully transferring a firearm knowing it would be used in a crime of violence,” federal authorities said.

“These violent robberies terrorized the community,” United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. “This is not the Wild West where robbers ride off into glory after a heist. This is reality. Violent criminals like these will be caught and prosecuted, even the lookouts.”

Gwinnett robberies occurred at a Bank of America in Buford, a Wells Fargo in Snellville and near an ATM inside the Mall of Georgia. Shots were fired during the latter.