Bridgeport Man Sentenced to 31 Months’ Imprisonment for Series of Multistate Bank Robberies
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 16, 2010|
BOSTON, MA—A Bridgeport, Conn., man was sentenced yesterday in federal court for armed bank robbery and attempted armed bank robbery.
TIASHEN JOHNSON, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to 31 months' imprisonment to be followed by five years of supervised release, and restitution in the amount of $268,998. Johnson pleaded guilty to an information charging one count of armed bank robbery and one count of attempted armed bank robbery in January 2009.
At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the court that had the case proceeded to trial, the government's evidence would have proven that between March 2007 and May 2008, Johnson and two co-conspirators engaged in the following bank robberies in three different states: March 23, 2007 robbery of Berkshire Bank in Chicopee taking $25,974; June 30, 2007 robbery of Sovereign Bank in Cranston, RI, taking $27,253; July 28, 2007 robbery of North Fork Bank in Deer Park, NY, taking $215,771; and May 3, 2008 attempted robbery of Bank of Western Massachusetts in Holyoke. In each of the robberies, Johnson and his co-conspirators, wearing hats and/or glasses that obscured their faces, brandished pellet guns resembling authentic firearms and threatened to shoot bank employees. In the Chicopee robbery, one co-conspirator beat and struck a bank customer who attempted to flee.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Boston Field Division; Chicopee Police Chief John R. Ferraro, Jr.; Colonel Marco Palombo, Cranston (RI) Police Chief; Suffolk County (NY) Police Commissioner Richard Dormer; and Holyoke Police Chief Anthony R. Scott made the announcement. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow and Michelle L. Dineen Jerrett of Ortiz's Springfield Branch Office.