Man sentenced to 20 years for robbing, holding hostages at a Tuscaloosa credit union

Man sentenced to 20 years for robbing, holding hostages at a Tuscaloosa credit union

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A Tuscaloosa man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for robbing and taking several people hostage at a Tuscaloosa credit union.

Cedrick Lamar Collins, 19, pleaded guilty in August to one count of robbing the Alabama Credit Union and to one count of taking hostages during the commission of the robbery on Paul Bryant Drive in January of 2017.

Collins will also serve five years of supervised release following his prison term.

"This defendant threatened and endangered the lives of 10 people as he put them between himself and armed police," U.S. Attorney Jay Town said. "The SWAT teams from the Tuscaloosa Police and Tuscaloosa Sheriff's departments did a superb job of stopping the bank robbery, arresting the robber, and recovering all the hostages unharmed."

"Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Office and the Tuscaloosa Police Department, this potentially deadly situation was resolved without injury," FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnie Sharp, Jr. said. "The sentence handed down today will give Collins plenty of time to reflect on his dangerous actions."

One of the employees taken hostage during the robbery testified during the hearing about how Collins put them all in fear for their lives.

Collins moved the hostages throughout the building, brandishing his gun and, at one point, holding it to her head, she testified.

The handgun Collins held was found to be a BB gun.

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