Boston Bank Robber Pleads Guilty
BOSTON—A Boston area man pleaded guilty on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, to robbing three banks in June 2014 and stealing over $18,000.
Edward Stone, 27, pleaded guilty to three counts of bank robbery after being indicted in July 2014. U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled sentencing for June 4, 2015.
On June 7, 2014, Stone walked into a TD Bank in Braintree holding a notebook and approached the bank teller. He showed the teller a note written in the notebook demanding money in “Big Bills” [sic]. While speaking to the teller, he also threatened to “blow [her] head off” if she did not follow his instructions. Stone left the bank with $7,363 a minute after he entered. On June 12, 2014, Stone entered a TD Bank in Hingham at 11:24 a.m. Once again, he presented a note demanding money and told her, “This is a robbery. Give me the money.” Stone stole $3,796 from the bank. On June 20, 2014, Stone robbed the same TD Bank in Braintree for the second time. Stone approached a teller and once again demanded money. Stone left the bank forty seconds after entering with $7,098 in cash.
Following each robbery, the tellers and other witnesses identified Stone from a photo array, and police arrested him on June 25, 2014. After his arrest, Stone gave a videotaped confession in which he admitted to all three robberies.
The charge of bank robbery provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000, and forfeiture of the proceeds of the crimes. According to a plea agreement, the parties agreed that Stone would recommend a sentence of no less than 72 months, and the government a sentence no greater than 92 months. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Chief Russell Jenkins of the Braintree Police Department; and Chief Michael Peraino of the Hingham Police Department, made the announcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian A. Pérez-Daple of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.