Judge Settle convicted Revels of aiding and abetting the robbery and said the evidence showed it was most likely that Revels was the bank robber. However, Judge Settle found that Revels aided and abetted the robbery, because he did not feel the evidence met the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard that Revels was the robber.
In asking for a 20-year sentence, prosecutors argued that community safety must come first. They noted that Revels was convicted in 1987 for beating a 58-year-old janitor with a tire iron. In 1992 and 1995, he served jail terms for beating two women in domestic violence incidents. In 1996, he tried to ram police cars while trying to escape law enforcement. In 1997, Revels committed two armed takeover bank robberies. He wore a mask and brandished a handgun. “Revels is a career violent offender who comes before the court convicted of yet another violent crime. The victims from the U.S. Bank robber will live forever with the memory of the terrifying 90 seconds when a masked robber held their lives in his hands,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo.
The case was investigated by the Tacoma Police Department and the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Dion and Ye-Ting Woo.