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South Carolina Man Sentenced To 17½ Years In Federal Prison For Robbing An Augusta Bank

January 12, 2012

AUGUSTA, GA: CLIFTON S. PORTERFIELD, 32, was sentenced on Thursday, January 12, 2012 by United States District Court Judge J. Randal Hall to 210 months imprisonment for the January 20, 2011 robbery of the SunTrust Bank on Washington Road in Augusta, Georgia. Judge Hall remarked during today’s hearing that this “sentence at the highest end of the sentencing guidelines range is an appropriate societal response” to PORTERFIELD’s crimes.

Evidence presented at hearings in this case showed that PORTERFIELD escaped from a halfway house in Charleston, South Carolina on December 20, 2010. (PORTERFIELD was at the halfway house because he serving a federal sentence for a firearms offense.) The day after arriving in Augusta, Georgia as a fugitive, PORTERFIELD entered the SunTrust Bank with a loaded pistol in the waistband of his pants and threatened a bank employee that he would hurt her if she did not comply with his robbery note. PORTERFIELD and his co-defendant then led law enforcement on a high-speed chase on Interstate 20 into South Carolina until law enforcement stopped their vehicle by puncturing its tires.

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said, “This Defendant is a career criminal. Career criminals who commit violent acts and endanger the lives of others should be sentenced to the longest penalties provided by law. Protection of the American people is the Department of Justice’s number one priority. This U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue its aggressive efforts to prosecute career criminals and thereby remove them from our communities while they are a danger to others.”

In addition to his prison sentence, PORTERFIELD was ordered to pay restitution and a $1,500 fine, as well as serve three years of supervised release after he is released from prison. Regarding the length of the prison sentence, Tarver noted that there is no parole in the federal system.

U.S. Attorney Tarver commended the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, South Carolina Highway Patrol, and Aiken and Lexington County Sheriffs’ Offices. Assistant United States Attorney David Stewart prosecuted the case. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.





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