Bristol Man Sentenced for Bank Robbery
Contact: Michael J. Conley
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that
Duane Toothaker, 42, of Bristol, Maine, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge George
Singal in U.S. District Court in Portland to 57 months in prison for bank robbery. The sentence
was imposed following Toothaker’s guilty plea entered in September 2012.
According to the Government’s evidence, two male juveniles robbed a University Credit
Union branch office in Portland on December 21, 2011 by presenting a demand note to the teller.
Toothaker assisted the juveniles in committing this robbery by (1) writing the demand note used
in the robbery; (2) providing the juveniles with advice on how to commit the robbery; (3) driving
the juveniles to the credit union to commit the robbery; (4) waiting nearby in his vehicle while
the robbery was being committed and (5) driving the juveniles away from the scene of the
robbery after they committed it.
In pronouncing sentence, Judge Singal noted that a 57-month sentence is appropriate in
light of, among other things, Toothaker’s two prior robbery convictions and the involvement of
juveniles in this offense.
United States Attorney Delahanty said that the success of this case is based on the
cooperative investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Portland Police
Department, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Topsham Police Department.
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