CONYERS -- Bond reduction of $250,000 was denied Monday for one of the three suspects in December's armed robbery of a Conyers credit union.
Sean Jamarko Foster, 22, of Stone Mountain was seeking a reduction in bond. He has been in jail since his arrest in January.
Conyers police took Foster into custody less than 10 days after the Dec. 23 robbery in which two masked men robbed the bank at gunpoint. The robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of cash in a silver vehicle.
The masked robbers were later identified by authorities as Jamelle Lloyd Francis, 25, of Grayson and Menshack Jah Nyepah, 21, of Decatur.
Assistant District Attorney Dabney Kentner sought to keep Foster's bond at $250,000. She told Rockdale County Superior Court Judge David Irwin that Foster has two felony convictions and that the only sentence available to him is life in prison if he is found guilty.
Foster's attorney, Albert Myers III, said his client had approached Judge Sidney Nation for a bond reduction request but was denied. Myers said he wanted Irwin to hear the request also since he was the judge assigned to the case.
"We wanted to make sure the court had that opportunity," he said. "Mr. Foster has been in jail for quite some time while waiting on this case to be indicted."
Irwin ruled against reducing the bond. He noted that Foster is scheduled to be arraigned for trial today.
"I am not reducing the bond for someone charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault," Irwin said. "Either this court or the one across the hall has set a bond. He has been indicted, he will be arraigned in front of me and then there will be a jury of his peers in the near future."
Francis and Nyepah were soldiers in the Army National Guard at the time of the armed robbery, each holding the rank of specialist. They were attached to the HHC 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade out of Fort Gillem, according to police.
Foster is accused of being the getaway driver in the bank robbery. Police said that Foster was an acquaintance of Francis and Nyepah and not in the National Guard.
All three men remain in the Rockdale County Jail. Nyepah has a $2 million bond set and Francis is being held with no bond, according to jail administrators.