LEXINGTON, KY. — A Madison County, Ky., man was sentenced Thursday to 147 months in prison for his role in robbing a Richmond, Ky., bank out of thousands of dollars.
United States Chief District Court Judge Jennifer B. Coffman sentenced Leon Rozell Noland, Jr., 50, for armed bank robbery and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.
Noland previously admitted that on November 2, 2009, he robbed the Madison Bank in downtown Richmond, taking $36,500. Noland also admitted that during the robbery he pointed a firearm at the victim bank tellers and demanded money. Noland forced the tellers to open the bank’s safe at gun point, took the money inside the safe, and fled.
Noland was apprehended by law enforcement on November 3, 2009 in Richmond. A search of the motel room in which Noland was staying resulted in the recovery of approximately $30,000 and a semi-automatic pistol. Law enforcement later recovered an additional $6,000 from an auto dealer in Somerset, Ky., where Noland had purchased a vehicle on November 2, 2009.
Under federal law, Noland must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence, and, upon release, will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for five years.
Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Paul J. Vido, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Louisville Field Division), Mike Kaste, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Larry Brock, Chief, Richmond Police Department, jointly made the announcement today.
The investigation was conducted by the Richmond Police Department, the Eastern Kentucky University Police, the Somerset Police Department, ATF, and FBI. The United States was represented by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr.