A man accused of committing more than a dozen armed robberies in Texarkana, Texas, and Texarkana, Ark., in 2017 pleaded guilty to a single count of bank robbery Tuesday in federal court.
Troy Lee Ware, 66, appeared with Texarkana lawyer Josh Potter for a plea hearing Tuesday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. While Ware is accused of many more armed holdups at both the state and federal levels, those charges are expected to be dismissed after Ware is sentenced on the charge to which he pleaded guilty Tuesday.
According to statements made in court, Ware's plea agreement includes 15 years in federal prison, more than $24,000 in restitution and forfeiture of a pistol and some ammunition, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble said at Tuesday's hearing. Ware has been in custody since his arrest in January 2018.
Ware pleaded guilty to the gunpoint robbery of a Wells Fargo bank branch April 26, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas. Ware allegedly got away with more than $5,000 of the bank's cash.
Ware allegedly took more than $5,000 during a Dec. 18, 2017, robbery of the Tobacco Store on New Boston Road in Texarkana, Texas. Ware allegedly robbed the Potato Patch restaurant Dec. 23, 2017, on State Line Avenue in Texarkana, Texas. The indictment does not indicate how much if any money was taken during the Potato Patch stickup.
The same day Ware allegedly robbed the Potato Patch, he allegedly held up the Shamrock gas station and convenience store on Richmond Road in Texarkana, Texas. That crime allegedly netted $80.
Ware is facing seven aggravated robbery charges and two aggravated assault charges in connection with robberies of businesses in 2017 in Texarkana, Ark.
Ware is accused of robbing a Texarkana, Ark., branch of Bancorp South on Feb. 16, 2017. Ware is charged with robbing the Fast & Low convenience store in Texarkana, Ark., on two dates in 2017: April 24 and Dec. 9. Ware allegedly robbed an Exxon gas station and convenience store June 9, 2017, in Texarkana, Ark. He is accused of robbing a Family Dollar store on Oct. 24, 2017, in Texarkana, Ark., and Texas Liquor on Oct. 27, 2017, in Texarkana, Ark. The assault charges are alleged to have occurred on the same dates as the bank and liquor store robberies.
Texarkana lawyer Tommy Potter, who represents Ware on the state charges in Miller County, Ark., said he expects prosecutors to dismiss those charges once Ware is formally sentenced on the federal bank robbery charge in Texarkana, Texas, federal court.
A date for sentencing will be scheduled before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III once the court has received a presentence investigation report in about three months.