Teen Sentenced for Brutal Robbery

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

Two of the three teens involved in the Brown Loan robbery in Council Bluffs have been sentenced. The last acted as a lookout and turned himself in shortly after the robbery.

Alex Provencher was sentenced to two 10-year sentences to run concurrently as well as a 5-year sentence which will be served consecutively. According to Iowa law Provencher will not be eligible for parole for seven years.

DeQuan White was given a 10 to 22-year sentence for his role in the robbery. He too must serve at least seven years in prison.

The third person in the robbery, James Smith, had agreed to testify against the others; he will be sentenced later this month. Smith could be sentenced to time served and probation.

Police and prosecutors say a Heartland teenager has run out of options to stay out of prison and now 17-year-old Alex Provencher will spend at least 7-years behind bars.

Authorities and Alex's mother have very different opinions of the boy.

Judge Kathleen Kilnoski asks, "Did you have the specific intent of committing a theft when you went into Brown's Loan?"

Alex Provencher replies, "Yes your honor."

By all accounts it was a brutal robbery, much more violent than necessary with Alex Provencher giving one employee a pistol whipping and kicks to her face and holding the gun against another person's head while he took the man's wallet.

Jon Jacobmeier says, "There is no rehabilitation for this young man. He has had every opportunity in life to succeed and he has failed every time someone has given him a helping hand, now hopefully he'll see."

During Alex's violence spree DeQuan White smashed the glass counters and grabbed as many guns as he could. Authorities believe many of those guns were sold and are now in the hands of criminals.

Leaving the courtroom in tears Alex's mother did talk to Channel 6 News; she admits the crime is bad but says it does not reflect the Alex she knows.

Melanie Johnson says, "He is a kid and a lot of people are going to judge him on his crime but if they knew him outside of that, he's a wonderful kid and he is a good big brother and he is going to be missed."

Melanie says no matter where Alex serves his sentence the family will be there for him.

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