Crime & Courts

Valley Center man sentenced to 140 months for bank robbery role

A Valley Center man has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for his role in the robbery of a local Intrust Bank branch, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Wednesday.

A 140-month prison term was imposed on 24-year-old Dlaney M. Nixon, who pleaded guilty this summer to one count of bank robbery. Nixon and his co-defendants, Henry J. Adams III and Terry G. Revels, were indicted last year after robbing the Intrust Bank branch at 142 N. Ash in Valley Center on Oct. 15.

According to reports, Nixon and Revels entered the bank and stole cash from the bank tellers’ drawers while Adams waited outside in a Cadillac. The trio then fled in the car, leading authorities on a chase that lasted for several miles.

Authorities arrested Nixon, 24, after the men abandoned the car and ran. The ordeal, during which a 15-year-old boy was held hostage in his home, prompted a three-hour lockdown of the town while authorities hunted for the other men.

Revels was sentenced in June to 235 months in federal prison; Adams was ordered to serve 140 months, Grissom said.