Two men from Kansas City, MO, were recently sentenced in federal court for their roles in a series of armed robberies.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 30-year old Clyde H. Jackson, Jr., and 43-year old Thomas E. Davis, were sentenced in separate appearances.

Jackson was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison without parole, while Davis was sentenced to 26 years in federal prison without parole.

Jackson reportedly pleaded guilty on July 9, 2019, to seven counts of robbery, one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Davis pleaded guilty on July 1, 2019, to five counts of robbery and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Co-defendants 30-year old Brion L. McDonald, and 26-year old Bianca C Seaton, both of Kansas City, MO, have also pleaded guilty and await sentencing. McDonald will be sentenced on November 25, 2019, and Seaton will be sentenced on December 19.

Authorities say the defendants were part of a group of individuals committing armed robberies in the Kansas City metropolitan area from October 2017 through March 2018. According to court documents, Jackson and Davis brandished knives and firearms during the robberies.

During one robbery, Davis cocked a firearm, pointed it at the neck of one of the victims, and said, “Hurry up and give us the money, or I’ll kill this [expletive] white lady.” During another robbery, Davis reportedly discharged a firearm because the clerk was not moving fast enough.

Jackson cocked a gun during one robbery, walked toward a customer, grabbed the customer, placed the gun to the back of the customer’s head, and pulled the customer around the counters to the checkout counter. During another robbery, Jackson pointed a firearm at a victim and ordered the victim to retrieve the money faster, stating, “Come on, do you want to die?” During each of the three knife-related robberies in which Jackson participated, he put a knife to the victim���s neck and made various demands related to obtaining money. According to court documents, Jackson has previously been associated with the 5-1 Gangster gang, a subset of the Crips street gang, and has tattoo of a “51” inscribed on his right arm.

Jackson and Davis reportedly admitted they were involved in the armed robberies of Family Dollar, on Blue Ridge Blvd on January 12, 2018; Dollar General Store, on Blue Ridge Blvd on January 20, 2018; Family Dollar, on E. 35th Street South in Independence, MO, on January 22, 2018; and Family Dollar, on Prospect Ave. in Kansas City, on Jan. 26, 2018 (Davis discharged a firearm during this robbery).

Jackson, McDonald, and Seaton each admitted to being involved in the armed robbery of Pizza Hut, on Wornall Road in Kansas City, on March 19, 2018.

Davis was also involved in the armed robbery of Dollar General Store, on E. 63rd St. in Raytown, MO, on Oct. 25, 2017, where he reportedly brandished a knife during the robbery.

Additionally, Jackson admitted he was also involved in an attempted robbery of the Pizza Hut at 7624 Wornall Road on March 20, 2018, and of Dollar General, 5008 N.E. Parvin Road in Kansas City, on March 20, 2018. Jackson also admitted that he was in possession of a Glock .45-caliber pistol and various rounds of ammunition on March 23, 2018. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Jackson has prior felony convictions for larceny and robbery.