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September 22, 2015

Man Sentenced to Prison for Gainesville Bank Robbery

GAINESVILLE, FL—Jack Lee Wright, 53, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for knowingly taking U.S. currency by force from a Gainesville bank. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

During his guilty plea on June 23, 2015, Wright admitted that, on April 25, 2014, he handed a Wells Fargo Bank teller a note listing the monetary denominations he wanted. He told her that she had ten seconds to give him the money, that she should not alert anyone, and that he had a gun in his bag. As a result, the teller gave Wright $2,025. In June 2014, Wright was identified as the perpetrator of a bank robbery in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, through a surveillance video shown on the news. Wright was later located and arrested in Maryland, possessing $10,000 and a suitcase containing clothes worn in other robberies. Officers also found a toy gun under the seat of his truck.

The court ordered that Wright’s sentence be served consecutively to the 48-month federal prison sentence imposed in Colorado.

The charges were the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Gainesville Police Department, and the Thurmont, Maryland Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory P. McMahon.

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