A man who robbed a series of money remitter businesses in Tulsa and Glenpool was sentenced today in federal court, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.
U.S. District Judge John F. Heil III sentenced Justus Edward Murphy, 23, of Tulsa, to 20 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. Murphy was further ordered to pay restitution representing the businesses’ losses, totaling $9,680.40.
“Justus Murphy was a brazen serial robber. He put innocent lives in danger when he used a gun to threaten employees in five of his six robberies,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “This prosecution was successful because of the coordinated efforts of three law enforcement entities: the Tulsa Police Department, Glenpool Police Department, and the FBI. Then, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Johnston adeptly represented the interests of the United States in securing this conviction. I applaud the 20-year sentence handed down by Judge Heil today in federal court. Justice has been served.”
Murphy previously pleaded guilty to six counts of robbery and two counts of carrying, using, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Murphy robbed six money remitter businesses including Check ‘n Go, Approved Cash, Advance America, and Check Into Cash. Murphy entered the businesses, asking employees about obtaining loans. In most of the robberies, he handed employees threatening notes, claiming he would harm them if they did not hand over cash from the businesses’ money drawers. In five of the six robberies he threatened employees with a pistol. Examples of the messages were “120 Seconds $5,000 OR I will Shoot U! IF U DO ANYTHING NOT NORMAL YOU’RE DEAD.” and “IF I HEAR SIRENS, YOU AND ME DEAD! YOU HAVE 220 SECONDS TO GET $5,000.”
The Tulsa Police Department, Glenpool Police Department and FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric O. Johnston prosecuted the case, which came to the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a result of the Supreme Court’s McGirt decision.