Jury finds man guilty in northeast Texas crime spree


A man who robbed a Bowie County convenience store, a Lamar County movie theater and a Franklin County bank in November 2015 was found guilty Thursday by a jury of all eight counts listed in a federal indictment.

Bobby Wayne Lance, 50, will return to court for formal sentencing in several months before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. Lance was found guilty of the Nov. 8, 2015, armed hold-up of Movies 8 Theater in Paris, Texas, of the Nov. 14, 2015, armed robbery of Carter’s Store and RV Park in DeKalb, Texas, and of the Nov. 17, 2015, of First National Bank of Mount Vernon Cypress Springs Branch in Scroggins, Texas, as well as guilty of carjacking the bank manager’s truck the same day as the bank robbery.

During a search of Lance’s home Nov. 20, 2015, authorities from the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office, the Red River County Sheriff’s Office, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI recovered some of the stolen bank money, the pistol used in the robberies and other evidence implicating Lance. Lance has been in jail since.

Lance was represented by Texarkana attorney Jeff Harrelson. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan Ross, Ryan Locker and Robert Wells represented the government.

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