DA Press Release – Jury Sentences Bank Robber to Six Life Sentences

After returning a guilty verdict in thirty minutes, a Montgomery County Jury took a mere 23 minutes to sentence to six life sentences.  Judge Michael Seiler imposed the sentences which will run concurrently.  Mr. Meachum will serve 30 real years before he becomes eligible for parole.

Prosecutors Cindy Pulcher and Amanda Webb presented evidence that three masked gun men entered the Kroger on 336 South Loop in Conroe Texas with loaded firearms in order to steal money from The First National Bank.  During the Robbery the three armed suspects pointed their firearms towards the heads of four employees and two customers.  As they fled the scene, Detective Ricky Cathey from Willis Police Department observed the suspects run from a stolen mini-van to a waiting BMW.  Detective Cathey chased the suspects at high speeds while giving his coordinates to Conroe Police Department.  The suspects crashed their BMW and fled into the woods near the Rayford Sawdust exit on Interstate 45.  Detective J. Waller captured Charston Meachum 23 minutes after the crash of the BMW.

Charston Louis Meachum

Conroe Police Department Detective Ben Mitchell led the investigation which recovered DNA evidence confirming that Charston Meachum was one of the armed robbers inside of the Krogers.

During the punishment phase the Jury learned that Charston Meachum had been sentenced to prison three consecutive times before this robbery.  The Jury also heard of an aggravated robbery that took place in April of 2010 at the Java Gold Jewelry Store in Harris County.  One of the victims in that case was recently killed during an unrelated Robbery.

“Juries in Montgomery County are consistently intolerant of violent criminals,” said District Attorney Brett Ligon.  “We will continue to ask for maximum sentences on cases where Montgomery County residents are victimized.  These thugs that come up from Houston to rob our banks and citizens won’t be going home when we are through with them.  They will be going to prison where they belong.”

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