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October 28, 2014

Gardiner Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery

BANGOR, ME—United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that John C. Slater, 66, of Gardiner, Maine, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Bangor to bank robbery.

According to court records, on June 23, 2014, the defendant robbed $15,000 from the Bank of Maine, in Hallowell, Maine after handing a bank employee a demand note that read: “Im Here to Rob your Bank, no silent Alarms my cell Phone rings, your all dead, I have a hand grenade, and a gun, no marked bills, or inked, if so, one day I will come back and kill all of you, do you understand.???”

The ensuing investigation identified the defendant as a suspect. On June 27, 2014, law enforcement officers executed search warrants at two locations where the defendant had been living. Those searches revealed evidence that connected the defendant to the bank robbery. On July 9, 2014, the defendant was arrested in New Hampshire.

Slater faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and mandatory restitution. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Hallowell, Augusta and Gardiner Police Departments; the Maine State Police; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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