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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Boston Man Pleads Guilty To Armed Bank Robbery

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BOSTON – A Boston man pleaded guilty yesterday to armed bank robbery.

Anthony Hamilton, 28, pleaded guilty to armed bank robbery and being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel scheduled sentencing for Sept. 24, 2014.

In December of 2010, after entering the Citizen’s Bank in Malden, Hamilton approached a teller and handed her a demand note which stated he would shoot her if she did not give him money. After the teller complied Hamilton fled, but became trapped in the bank’s vestibule. Hamilton pulled out a semi-automatic firearm and fired into the vestibule’s door. The door released and he fled. A few weeks later, he was located and arrested at his home in Dorchester where he was in possession of a semi-automatic firearm with an obliterated serial number and multiple rounds of ammunition.

Hamilton, a previously convicted felon, faces a maximum sentence of a lifetime in prison, five years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine on the gun possession charge; and a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, five years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and $4,700 in restitution on the armed bank robbery charge.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Kenneth G. Shine of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.