Jury Convicts Modesto Tri Counties Bank Robber
FRESNO, CA—After a three–day trial, a federal jury found Lloyd George Kenney, 65, of San Jose, guilty today of armed bank robbery, using a firearm during a crime of violence, and of being felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to evidence presented at trial, on the morning of May 25, 2012, Kenney robbed the Tri Counties Bank located inside the Raley’s grocery store at Roselle and Floyd Avenues, in Modesto. Kenney was armed with a semi-automatic handgun and was heavily disguised, wearing a hockey helmet, facemask, long black coat and gloves. After taking $2,872 from tellers at gunpoint, he fled on a bicycle into a neighborhood and rode to where he had parked a van earlier.
Within minutes of being alerted to the robbery, a Modesto police officer saw Kenney, who was still wearing the helmet, enter his van and begin to drive away. Officer Parsons pulled the van over and Kenney was taken into custody. During a search of the van, officers found cash the taken from the Tri Counties Bank, Kenney’s bike, a hockey helmet, a mask, a loaded Glock handgun and a loaded Browning handgun. While searching Kenney, officers found a police scanner set to channels used by the Modesto Police Department.
Court records reflect that Kenney had federal felony convictions in 1984 and 1985, as well as a felony conviction in San Mateo Superior Court in 1974.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Modesto Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Frye and Mia Giacomazzi are prosecuting the case.
Kenney is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on March 14, 2016. Kenney faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.