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MARCH 3, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. - A Somerville man was convicted today in federal court of bank burglary.

DANIEL ALMEIDA, 28, formerly of Somerville, was sentenced in federal court today by United States District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 151 months in prison based on his conviction for bank robbery.

Evidence presented during ALMEIDA’s October 2010 trial showed that on the evening of May 25, 2010, an employee of the branch of the East Cambridge Savings Bank located at 285 Highland Avenue in Somerville was abducted and forced the following morning to enter the bank and let her abductor in. The employee was then forced to open the vault and put the cash into two bags provided to her, and was then left duct-taped to a chair in the basement of the bank. Evidence linking ALMEIDA to the crime included admissions he made to an acquaintance and DNA evidence recovered at the scene. The East Cambridge Savings Bank sustained a loss of $308,505 as a result of the crime.

In addition to 151 months imprisonment, Judge Gorton sentenced ALMEIDA to three years of supervised release and to make restitution to the East Cambridge Savings Bank in the amount of $308,505.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Division, Colonel Marian McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police and Chief Thomas Pasquarello of the Somerville Police Department made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert E. Richardson of the U.S. Attorney’s Major Crimes Unit.


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