New Hampshire Man Sentenced to 41 Months
for Aiding Bank Robber
Contact: Halsey Frank
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that
Neil West Sr., 61, of Manchester, New Hampshire, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court
by Judge Nancy Torresen to 41 months imprisonment to be followed by 3 years of supervised
release for being an accessory after the fact to bank robbery. An accessory after the fact is a
person who aids a felon.
Court records reveal that on the morning of November 19, 2011, West borrowed a car
from his employer and drove Bernie Subocz and his girlfriend from New Hampshire to Maine so
that Subocz could rob a bank. Subocz directed West to the Wells Plaza shopping center in
Wells. Once there, Subocz told West to keep the car running while he got out and went into the
Bank of America branch office. Subocz entered the bank where a manager and two tellers were
working. Subocz pulled a knit hat down over his face and the hood of his sweatshirt over his
head to disguise his identity. Subocz held one hand inside his pocket as if he had a weapon. He
announced that he was there to rob the bank, demanded cash and scolded tellers for trying to
activate the alarm. Subocz absconded with $4,228, returned to that car in which West was
waiting and had West drive him back to New Hampshire. For his role in the robbery, West was
paid with stolen cash.
In pronouncing sentence, Judge Torresen observed that West acted as the getaway driver
and that bank robbery is a serious crime that is traumatic for tellers and that puts others at risk.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance
from the Police Departments of York, Wells, Kennebunk and Kittery, Maine and Manchester,
Bedford, and New London, New Hampshire.
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