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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - A man formerly of Everett was sentenced yesterday in federal court for the armed bank robbery of a Citizens Bank in Quincy.

LOUIS CLAYTON BARTON, 53, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to 22 ½ years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Judge Woodlock also ordered restitution to be paid to Citizens Bank in the amount of $12,380. The sentence also included a conviction for brandishing a firearm during the robbery.

Had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that in January 2010 a male, later identified as Barton, entered the Citizens Bank located on Hancock Street in Quincy. Barton, who approached the customer service desk, pointed a gray/silver colored revolver at the employee and pushed the gun into the employee’s back. He then ordered the employee and everyone else in the bank to the far end of the bank. Barton made everyone climb over the teller counter while shouting at the tellers to give him “100's, 50's, 20's, no dye pack, or somebody is going to get hurt, put your money up, nobody push a buzzer.”

Law enforcement were able to identify a suspect when clothing worn by the robber was located in a building located on Holmes Street in Quincy. Officers reviewed the “T” surveillance tapes after suspecting that the robber used the nearby North Quincy MBTA station to make his escape. On the day of the robbery, a person resembling the robber used an MBTA Transportation Access Pass (TAP) to access the station five minutes before the robbery. The pass came back as registered to a Louis Barton of Boston.

During Barton’s arrest, he reached into his waist and attempted to pull a gun. The officers were able to wrest Barton’s hand from the gun and he was eventually subdued. The gun was determined to be a .22 caliber firearm with nine rounds of ammunition. Barton also had the MBTA Access pass and later admitted to committing the robbery.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Office made the announcement today. The Quincy Police Department as well as the Boston Police Department, B2 Drug Control Unit also assisted. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nadine Pellegrini, Chief of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.



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