A Brooklyn New York man has been sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison for committing a bank robbery in Oakland, NJ.
The suspect robbed the TD Bank in Oakland New Jersey on April 15, 2013. According to federal prosecutors, the suspect walked into the bank, approached a bank teller, and used a handgun to rob the employee. The suspect then ran out of the bank with several thousand dollars in cash and fled the scene.
Oakland NJ police officers later found the suspect and placed him under arrest. He was charged with first degree armed robbery in connection with the theft.
The suspect was able to avoid a trial by reaching a plea deal with federal prosecutors. In exchange for the suspect pleading guilty to robbery, prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of 20 years behind bars.
The suspect is a 63-year-old man from Brooklyn, New York. He was previously on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list for similar theft crimes, including bank robberies committed in California and Ohio nearly three decades ago.
The suspect recently appeared in U.S. District Court in Newark New Jersey so that a federal judge could approve the plea agreement. The judge ultimately agreed with the recommendations of prosecutors and sentenced the suspect to 20 years in prison. On top of that, the suspect will be on supervised release for a period of three years after his eventual release from prison.
For additional information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Man Formerly on FBI ‘Most Wanted’ List Gets 20 Years for N.J. Bank Robbery.”