Judge sentences Miami Gardens man to life for fatal shooting of Brinks courier at Calder race track



A federal judge Wednesday sentenced a Miami Gardens man to life and two other defendants to shorter prison terms for the 2011 fatal shooting of a Brinks armored-car courier at the Calder Casino and Race Course.

U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King sentenced Vladimir Louissant to life, Victoria Barkley, of Miami Gardens, to 10 years, and Byron Kyler of Miami, to five years.

According to trial evidence, the three defendants and two others pulled off the heist of $345,000 in cash that ended with the killing of the Brink’s courier, 26-year-old Alvaro Lopez Ramos.

Louissant fired the fatal shot and grabbed the money bag, federal prosecutors said.

Co-defendants Reginald Mitchell, of Miami Gardens, and Uri Ammar, of Hollywood, have not been sentenced yet.

Mitchell and Ammar had both worked security jobs at the Calder race track in Miami Gardens. Mitchell recruited the other three to participate in the deadly plot.

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