The man who planned a violent June 2004 bank robbery in Jackson County has been sentenced to more than 31 years in prison.
Michael Ray "Julio" Gilliam of Delphia and accomplices stole $206,000 from Citizens Bank in Annville. The thieves threatened to shoot a bank employee and bound one victim so tightly his wrists bled, according to documents filed by the prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason D. Parman.
U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove sentenced Gilliam, 50, to 377 months in prison during a hearing Wednesday.
Van Tatenhove sentenced Kevin Michael Green, 38, of Corbin, to 330 months, and Randy Lee Ryan "Junior" Gilliam, 22, of Slemp, to 100 months.
Michael Gilliam denied robbing the bank, but a jury convicted him. The other two pleaded guilty.
Michael Gilliam and Green also robbed banks in Tennessee and Virginia and, in September 2007, tried unsuccessfully to rob a bank in Leslie County, according to allegations in court documents.
In addition, Green admitted robbing the BB&T Bank in Pikeville in October 2007, getting away with $21,000, according to his plea.
In the robbery at Annville, Michael Gilliam chose the target, conducted surveillance and recruited Green to help, according to court documents.
A week before the robbery, Gilliam and Green followed a female bank employee to figure out where she lived.
The day of the robbery, Gilliam dropped off Green and Randy Gilliam in a wooded area near the employee's home. They had pistols and ski masks, and they used a radio to stay in touch with Michael Gilliam, who was driving around to keep an eye on things.
When the bank employee got home, Green and Randy Gilliam forced her into the house, and bound her and her husband.
The woman said she couldn't open the vault. After the robbers threatened to shoot her, she called the branch manager to meet her at the bank.
Green and Randy Gilliam forced the bank employee and her husband to drive them to the bank. There, the two restrained the manager and a cleaning woman, who had her 4-year-old daughter with her.
The manager instructed the cleaning woman how to open the vault. Green and Randy Gilliam fled with the money, and Michael Gilliam picked them up, according to court documents.
It took several years to solve the crime.
When authorities did so and searched Michael Gilliam's home in June 2009, he had news articles about the Annville robbery in a basket by his bed, FBI Special Agent Timothy S. Brooks testified.