Former Jonesboro Resident Gets Life Without Parole for Killing Bank Teller

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An 18-year-old man who killed a bank teller during a robbery two days before Christmas 2006 will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Grover Evans, Jr. entered guilty pleas yesterday in Pulaski County Circuit Court to charges of capital murder, aggravated robbery and theft.

A judge sentenced Evans to life in prison without parole, the only penalty for a capital murder conviction, besides execution, plus 85 years for the other crimes.

Evans spent part of his childhood years in Jonesboro, and is the son of former Jonesboro alderman Grover Evans, Sr.

The younger Evans was arrested January 3 at Los Angeles, where he had fled after the December 23 robbery and killing of 25-year-old James R. Garrison at a Metropolitan National Bank branch in west Little Rock.

Authorities say Evans entered the bank, shot Garison in the back as Garison was working at a drive-through window, demanded money from another teller, and said "Merry Christmas" before leaving.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)