BOSTON - A Boston man was sentenced today in federal court on three counts of armed bank robbery.
Patrick Cannon, 55, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to 17.5 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release and restitution in the amount of $30,789.00. Cannon pleaded guilty on March 15, 2012 to three counts of armed bank robbery.
Had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that on Aug. 11, 2011 an armed individual, later identified as Cannon, dressed in a mask and white “graduation gown,” entered the Cambridge Trust Company located at 65 Beacon Street in Boston. Once inside the bank Cannon brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and ordered the tellers to empty their cash drawers. The tellers inserted a GPS tracking device with the money and gave it to Cannon, who fled in a black Cadillac SUV.
The GPS tracking pack inside the money was activated and started providing police with real time locations of the vehicle. A short time later, the black Cadillac SUV was located abandoned in the Kenmore Square area, and the GPS led police to a green Plymouth with a Vermont registration plate. The vehicle was searched and proceeds from the bank and the GPS tracking device were recovered. The owner of the vehicle told police that he had recently loaned his vehicle to his brother, Patrick Cannon, who was apprehended later that day.
Canon admitted to police that he had robbed the Cambridge Trust Company earlier in the day. He also admitted to robbing the Cambridge Trust Company on June 2, 2011 and on May 14, 2011.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division made the announcement. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Ortiz’s Major Crime Unit.