|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||March 11, 2014|
Rockford Man Sentenced to 80 Months in Federal
Prison for the Robbery of Associated Bank in Rockford
ROCKFORD — A Rockford man was sentenced today in federal court for bank robbery. TONY WALKER, 56, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala to 80 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for the robbery of Associated Bank, 600 North Main St., in Rockford, on July 12, 2013. Walker was also ordered to pay restitution to the bank.
Walker pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 2, 2013. According to the written plea agreement, Walker admitted that on July 12, 2013, at approximately 3:50 p.m., he entered Associated Bank and approached a bank teller. Walker was carrying a black bag with one of his hands inside the bag. Walker placed the bag on the counter and moved it toward the teller who believed that there was a dangerous weapon in the bag. Walker handed the teller a note which stated “Give me 1,000 dollars and won’t nobody get hurt.” The teller then gave Walker $1,330 in U.S. currency. Walker was arrested on July 15, 2013, and has since been in federal custody.
The sentencing was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Chet Epperson, Chief of the Rockford Police Department.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Pedersen.
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