Mother, daughter sentenced for bank robberies

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Two Tennessee women – a mother and daughter – could spend nearly 30 years in prison for two Marshall County bank robberies.
Thursday, U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock sentenced Angela Bryson Miller, 46, and Starlet Miller Kizer, 24, for their parts in robberies of Slayden Bank in Lamar in May 2010 and Citizens’ Bank in Byhalia in June 2010.
She also ordered Kizer to pay about $19,000 restitution to Citizens’.
Prison sentences were 384 months for Miller and 385 months for Kizer.
For good behavior, federal prison policy allows a deduction of one month for every year, so for these women, it could mean they spend slightly more than 29 years in custody before starting years of supervised release.
A federal jury convicted the Memphis women in August 2011 during a six-day trial in Aberdeen.
Miller was found guilty on two counts – using firearms in each of the robberies. Kizer was found guilty of those two charges, plus the Citizens’ robbery by deadly force.
The jury found them not guilty in the Lamar community’s Slayden Bank robbery, from which nearly $25,000 was taken.
Their co-defendants – Brian Gilliland, 22, Marcus Westbrook, 25, and William Albright, 25, all of Memphis – took deals with guilty pleas during 2011. They testified against the women during the trial and were sentenced to pay their share of restitution, plus prison for terms ranging from nearly nine years to 20 years.
The five were indicted Nov. 17, 2010.
Friday, Maj. Kelly McMillan with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office thanked the FBI’s Southaven staff for help with the investigation and trial preparation.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons will decide where Miller and Kizer spend their sentences.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com