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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

South Portland Man Sentenced to Over Thirteen Years for Armed Robbery Charges

Contact: Darcie N. McElwee
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today
Joseph Morrill, 24, of South Portland, Maine was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by
Judge D. Brock Hornby to 161 months in prison and five years of supervised release for federal
armed robbery and federal firearms offenses. Morrill pleaded guilty to the charges on August
19, 2013.

Court records reveal that a Glock pistol and a badge belonging to a law enforcement
detective were stolen from a motor vehicle in South Portland, Maine on September 21, 2012. On
April 17, 2013, Morrill, who was driven by Michael Platts, used the stolen pistol to steal
approximately $182 in cash during a robbery of the Cumberland Farms store located on Cottage
Road in South Portland, a business engaged in interstate commerce.

On April 22, 2013, Morrill used the same pistol to steal approximately $5,612 during a
robbery of the TDBank on Market Street in South Portland. On June 14, 2013, the execution of a
federal search warrant at a Broadway residence in South Portland resulted in the stolen handgun
being recovered.

Seven years of Morrill’s sentence was imposed as a consecutive mandatory minimum for
his use and carrying the stolen pistol during and in relation to the TD Bank robbery, a crime of
violence. Following his incarceration, Morrill will be on federal supervised release for five

The investigation was conducted by the South Portland Police Department and the
Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated January 26, 2015