Originally created 10/07/04

Robber gets 16 years in prison



The last of a trio of would-be bank robbers who lost valuable getaway time trying to exit a locked door was sentenced to 16 years in prison Wednesday.

David M. Sequin, 26, could have gotten a shorter sentence except for his continued alleged criminal behavior while in jail awaiting sentencing in U.S. District Court.

Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. eliminated Mr. Sequin's points that would have shortened his sentence.

Judge Bowen also opted not to impose a sentence at the bottom of the sentencing guideline range.

Mr. Sequin allegedly tried to smuggle marijuana into the McDuffie County Jail.

On Dec. 11, Mr. Sequin and Steven Lovette, 25, walked into the SunTrust Bank in south Augusta and demanded money.

Mr. Sequin, a convicted felon who served five years in a state prison for his role in the baseball bat beating of a Harlem man, had a 9 mm handgun.

The two tried to leave by a side door that was locked, Investigator Jo Ann Nutter told The Augusta Chronicle in December.

When they couldn't open the door, one shot out the glass and ran to a car where Timothy W. Smith, 23, was waiting.

Before Mr. Smith could exit the parking lot, a sheriff's deputy stopped the getaway car and found Mr. Lovette and Mr. Sequin in the trunk with a gun and the bank's money.

"I messed up bad this time," Mr. Sequin told the judge Wednesday.

He apologized to his family and said he hoped to at least get something good out of his time in prison by learning a trade.

Last month, Mr. Smith and Mr. Lovette were sentenced to seven years in prison.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.