Rockford Man Sentenced to 80 Months in Federal Prison for the Robbery of Associated Bank in Rockford
|U.S. Attorney’s Office March 11, 2014|
ROCKFORD—A Rockford man was sentenced today in federal court for bank robbery. TONY WALKER, 56, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala to 80 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for the robbery of Associated Bank, 600 North Main Street in Rockford on July 12, 2013. Walker was also ordered to pay restitution to the bank.
Walker pled guilty to the charge on December 2, 2013. According to the written plea agreement, Walker admitted that on July 12, 2013, at approximately 3:50 p.m., he entered Associated Bank and approached a bank teller. Walker was carrying a black bag with one of his hands inside the bag. Walker placed the bag on the counter and moved it toward the teller, who believed that there was a dangerous weapon inside the bag. Walker handed the teller a note that stated, “Give me 1,000 dollars and won’t nobody get hurt.” The teller then gave Walker $1,300 in U.S. currency. Walker was arrested on July 15, 2013 and has since been in federal custody.
The sentencing was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Holley, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chet Epperson, Chief of the Rockford Police Department.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Pedersen.