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Baltimore Man Sentenced to over 21 Years in Prison for Three Armed Bank Robberies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2012

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Gregory McNeil, age 61, of Baltimore, today to 262 in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for armed bank robbery and using a gun during a violent crime. Judge Bennett enhanced McNeil’s sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on a conviction for armed robbery and a conviction for an armed bank robbery. Judge Bennett also sentenced McNeil to two years in prison for violating his supervised release from a previous conviction, which will be served concurrent to his sentence for the three armed bank robberies.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

According to his plea agreement, on January 25, 2011, McNeil entered the Wachovia Bank at 860 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville, Maryland and pointed a handgun at a teller’s face and torso, demanding money. McNeil seized $3,945 placed on the counter by the teller and left the bank.

On February 3, 2011, McNeil entered the M&T Bank at 7210 Ambassador Road, Woodlawn, Maryland and pointed a handgun at a teller, demanding money. McNeil seized $2,918 placed on the counter by the teller and left the bank.

On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, McNeil robbed the same Wachovia Bank as described above. McNeil approached the same teller whom he had previously robbed, pointed a handgun at the teller and demanded money. The teller recognized McNeil as the same man who had previously robbed her. McNeil grabbed $5,249 placed on the counter by the teller, and fled.

Bank surveillance tapes depicted McNeil pointing his handgun at the tellers in each robbery. Witnesses described what McNeil wore during each of the robberies and items matching these descriptions were later recovered from the McNeil’s girlfriend’s apartment, where McNeil was living at the time.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Baltimore County Police Department, Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office and Baltimore City Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Mark W. Crooks, who prosecuted the case.


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