United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Sacramento Man Pleads Guilty to Serial Bank Robbery
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
CONTACT: Lauren Horwood
February 24, 2011
PHONE: (916) 554-2706
Docket #: 2:10-cr-266-KJM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that John Raymond Porter, 43, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty this morning to serial bank robbery before U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.
During the early stages of the investigation, the task force dubbed the perpetrator “the Goat-Man Bandit” because victim tellers in some robberies indicated the robber had facial hair in the form of a goatee.
According to court documents, Porter pleaded guilty to four bank robbery charges:
Bank of America, 900 High Street, Auburn, on December 23, 2008;
Bank of America, 2221 Douglas Boulevard, Roseville, on January 6, 2009;
Bank of America, 3901 Park Drive, El Dorado Hills, on February 17, 2009;
Wells Fargo Bank, 3291 Coach Lane, Cameron Park, on March 2, 2009.
He admitted guilt in five additional bank robberies:
Wells Fargo Bank, 781 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Roseville, on October 3, 2008;
US Bank, 30 High Street, Auburn, on October 23, 2008;
Washington Mutual Bank, 5801 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, on October 23, 2008;
Wachovia Bank, 8477 Auburn Boulevard, Citrus Heights, on December 11, 2008;
US Bank, 2360 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn, on December 13, 2008.
As part of his plea agreement, Porter has agreed to pay restitution for all nine of his bank robberies. He is currently in federal custody pending sentencing on May 12, 2011. He faces up to 80 years in federal prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables and any applicable statutory sentencing factors.
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