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Conyers man, son sentenced in armed robbery, attempted robbery

CONYERS -- A Conyers man and his son were sentenced to federal prison last week after they were convicted in an armed robbery in 2010 and an attempted robbery in 2011.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Clifford Durham Jr., 39, of Conyers, and his son, Clifford DeAngelo Jackson, 23, of Stone Mountain were sentenced in connection with the robbery of a family-owned restaurant in Stone Mountain in November 2010 and the attempted armed robbery of a Wells Fargo bank on Clairmont Road in DeKalb County in April 2011. Two other men were convicted of helping with the attempted bank robbery and one other man was convicted of participating in the restaurant robbery.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Jackson enlisted the help of Theodore Spencer, 25, of Baltimore, who worked at the restaurant, to help plan and carry out the robbery. Jackson also recruited his father, Durham, to assist in the robbery. During the robbery, Durham shot the restaurant owner's son, who was able to escape out the front door of the restaurant.

Jackson and Durham were identified as suspects in the restaurant robbery after they attempted to rob the Wells Fargo bank, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Durham reportedly planned to rob the bank and recruited his son to participate. Durham also reportedly recruited Rashad Rogers, 21, of College Park and Mark Zanders, 22, of Stone Mountain to take part in the crime.

During the robbery attempt, Jackson, Rogers and Zanders entered the bank brandishing guns and ordered all the customers to the floor. The bank employees refused to allow the robbers access to the glass-enclosed teller line, so they left without any money and fled with Durham, who was the getaway driver.

A DeKalb County police officer attempted to apprehend the robbers at a busy intersection during rush-hour traffic, but one of the robbers fired a shot at the officer and they escaped. The suspects were arrested a short time later.

Durham and Jackson were convicted on charges of armed attempted bank robbery, armed commercial robbery and using and carrying firearms during crimes of violence. Durham was sentenced to 50 years, eight months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Jackson was sentenced to 16 years, two months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Rogers was convicted of attempted bank robbery and related gun charges. He was sentenced to 13 years, 10 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Zanders was convicted of attempted bank robbery and related gun charges. He was sentenced to nine years, eight months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Spencer was convicted of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to the restaurant robbery. He was sentenced to six years, 10 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

"While violent crime rates have declined, armed robberies continue to be a threat to public safety, particularly when the crimes target thriving businesses," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "Family-owned businesses are particularly vulnerable to the whims of an offender who is determined to take hard-earned profits for his own financial gain. We will continue to work with our state and local law enforcement partners to identify and locate violent offenders who impede interstate commerce and endanger our communities."