States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|November 3, 2010|
NEW HAVEN MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 11 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ARMED ROBBERY OF NAUGATUCK BANK
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DEVON PATTERSON, 32, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 135 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in an armed robbery of a Naugatuck bank.
According to the evidence presented during a trial of PATTERSON and his co-defendant Michael Massey, on September 22, 2008, PATTERSON and Massey robbed the Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan on New Haven Road in Naugatuck of approximately $24,178. On that date, shortly after noon, the two disguised men entered the bank. Massey brandished a semiautomatic pistol at bank employees and customers while PATTERSON leapt over the teller counter and stuffed money from the teller drawers into a bag. The two men left the bank, drove their getaway car to a second getaway car, and transferred the bank’s money into the second car. Naugatuck Police responded to a 911 call and engaged PATTERSON and Massey in a high-speed chase before they crashed the car and were apprehended. A search of the second getaway car revealed money from the bank, the gun, and other physical evidence.
On December 14, 2009, at the conclusion of the first day of the trial, PATTERSON pleaded guilty to one count of armed bank robbery. On December 16, 2009, a jury found Massey guilty of one count of armed bank robbery and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
On April 15, 2010, Judge Chatigny sentenced Massey to 152 months of imprisonment and five years of supervised release.
This case was investigated by the Naugatuck Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the North Branford and Branford Police Departments and the Connecticut State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David T. Huang and Christopher W. Schmeisser.
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