Huntsville man sentenced to 38 years for three bank robberies

Tavares Antwan Odom, 35 (Madison Police)

A federal judge sentenced a Huntsville man to more than 38 years in prison for three separate bankrobberies from two years ago in North Alabama, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Haley III.{}{}{}{}{}{}{} U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre sentenced 35-yea-old Tavares Antwan Oliver to 461 months in prison on two counts of armed bank robbery, two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violenceand one count of bank robbery. Oliver pleaded guilty to those charges in May. He admitted robbing CB&S Bank on University Drive in Huntsville on Sept. 29, 2010, Bancorp South on Hughes Road in Madison on Oct. 25, 2010 and brandishing a firearm during bothof those robberies. He also admitted robbing Peoples Bank on Beltline Road in Decatur on Dec. 8, 2010."Getting violent criminals off of our streets is a top priority," Vance said. "That is what today's sentence does for the next 38 years."The government's sentencing memorandum, citing facts acknowledged in Oliver's plea agreement and his presentencereport prepared by the U.S. Probation Office, described Oliver as a drug abuser, a dead-beat dad and a thief who has gang affiliation and is dangerous and frequently armed. Prosecutors recommended the 461-month sentence as appropriate and justifiable in Oliver'scase.Two other men have been convicted and sentenced in connection to the 2010 North Alabama bank robberies -- Ronald Lewis Henderson, 26, and Anthony Shawn Clark, 23.Hendereson received six years and three months in prison in March for the robberies at CB&S Bank and Peoples Bank.Clark was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison in 2010 for the robbery of Bancorp South in Madison, Ala.The FBI, along with Decatur, Madison and Huntsville police, investigated the bank robberies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Stuart Burrell prosecuted the cases.