Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 29, 2016
Temple Terrace Men Convicted In String Of Armed Robberies
Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury today found Samuel Lee Lynch (29) and Reo Thomas Nance (31), both of Temple Terrace, guilty of conspiracy, armed robbery, and firearms offenses in connection with five Tampa Bay area armed robberies occurring between March 15, 2015, and April 24, 2015. Lynch and Nance targeted check cashing businesses that kept large amounts of cash on hand, ultimately stealing more than $93,000. During each robbery, both defendants brandished firearms. During a March 26, 2015, robbery of the Nebraska Food Market, Lynch shot an accomplice and bystander.
Lynch faces a mandatory life sentence, and Nance faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 32 years’ imprisonment. Their sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 11, 2016.
This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tampa Police Department, and the Temple Terrace Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carlton C. Gammons.