Brooklyn NY Man Sentenced to Prison for Oakland NJ Bank Robbery
A Brooklyn NY man is headed to federal prison after pleading guilty to robbing a bank in Oakland, NJ.
The suspect was accused of robbing the TD Bank located in Oakland New Jersey on April 15, 2013. According to authorities, the suspect entered the bank, walked toward a bank teller, and robbed the employee while using a handgun. The suspect then exited the building with several thousand dollars and fled the area.
Police officers later identified and located the suspect. He faces criminal charges for first degree armed robbery because he allegedly used a deadly weapon during the commission of the theft.
The case did not reach trial, however, because the suspect reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. The suspect admitted to the theft, with prosecutors agreeing to recommend that he be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The suspect is a 63-year-old resident of Brooklyn, New York. He has a checkered criminal past that includes convictions for bank robberies in California and Ohio. Additionally, he was listed on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list for those theft offenses.
Despite the plea deal in the recent bank robbery case, the suspect still had to appear in US District Court in Newark so that a federal judge could approve the arrangement. The judge ultimately signed off on the plea agreement and sentenced the suspect to 20 years in a federal penitentiary, with an additional three years of supervised release.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man Formerly on FBI ‘Most Wanted’ List Gets 20 Years for N.J. Bank Robbery.”