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November 24, 2015

Brockton Man Convicted in Bank Robbery Spree

BOSTON—A Brockton man was convicted yesterday of robbing multiple banks by a federal jury following a six-day trial in U.S. District Court in Boston.

James Patterson, 47, was found guilty of five counts of bank robbery. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton scheduled sentencing for Feb. 23, 2016.

From April to July 2014, Patterson robbed five banks: the Beverly Bank on Dodge Street in Beverly on April 16th; the People’s United Bank on Dodge Street in Beverly on May 10th; the Century Bank on Fellsway West in Somerville on June 4th; the South Shore Bank on Turnpike Street in Stoughton on June 12th; and the North Shore Bank on Highland Avenue in Salem on July 20th. On each occasion, Patterson wore sunglasses, gloves, and covered his lower face with a bandana or clothing. After entering each bank, Patterson announced that it was a robbery and demanded large bills from the bank tellers.

Patterson was arrested on Aug. 4, 2014, near the Century Bank on Cambridge Street in Burlington carrying a black BB gun that had the appearance of a semi-automatic pistol. At the time of his arrest, Patterson was wearing a hat, sunglasses, long pants pulled over shorts, a heavy pullover top and latex gloves. The lower part of his face was covered with black clothing.

Each count of bank robbery provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum possible 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; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement today. The Beverly, Somerville, Stoughton, Salem, Peabody and Burlington Police Departments assisted with the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kenneth G. Shine and Robert E. Richardson of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

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