Gulfport man to serve 20 years for armed robbery at Long Beach bank

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GULFPORT, Mississippi — A 30-year-old Gulfport man will serve 20 years in prison for an armed robbery followed by gunfire after a holdup at a Long Beach bank.

The Sun Herald reports ( Austin Maurice Hubbard is one of two men arrested after a Hancock Bank heist and a pursuit that ended in Gulfport on Sept. 12, 2014. His accomplice also has been sentenced.

Hubbard pleaded guilty Monday in Harrison County Circuit Court.

Judge Chris Schmidt sentenced Hubbard to 30 years in prison and suspended 10 years, leaving 20 to serve without eligibility for early release.

Had the case gone to trial, Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker said the state was prepared to present evidence including video that showed Hubbard and Javaris Darnell Dixon robbing the bank of $3,300.

Information from: The Sun Herald,

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