The five people behind the robbery and killing of an armored truck guard at Calder Casino and Race Course in Miami Gardens last year have been convicted, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Vladimir Louissant, 26, Reginald Mitchell, 28, Victoria Barkley, 27, and Byron Kyler, 24, all pled guilty before trial in the Aug. 21, 2011 shooting death of a Brinks guard at the casino, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida said.
Uri Ammar, 27, was convicted after trial on Oct. 15.
Louissant, Mitchell and Ammar are all facing life in prison, while Kyler and Barkley are facing up to 20 years. Sentencing hasn't been scheduled yet.
Prosecutors say Mitchell and Ammar, who worked security at Calder, conspired to rob the guard as he made a scheduled pick-up at the casino. Mitchell recruited Louissant, Barkley and Kyler to participate in the heist.
The day of the robbery, Mitchell drove Louissant to Calder in Kyler's truck, which Kyler had falsely reported stolen, prosecutors said.
Ammar escorted the guard through the Calder facility to an open area where Louissant was waiting. When Louissant rushed the guard with a firearm, the guard drew his weapon and the two exchanged gunfire, prosecutors said.
After he shot the guard, Louissant grabbed the Brinks money bag and fled to Kyler's truck. He and Mitchell drove a short distance before abandoned the truck and were driven away by Barkley in another car, prosecutors said.
About $345,000 was in the money bag, according to a criminal complaint.
The guard, who was identified by his parents as Alvaro Lopez Ramos, was taken to Ryder Trauma Center where he died.
After their getaway, Mitchell and Barkley hid some of the money and used some to gamble at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the complaint said.