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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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AUGUST 4, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


NEW YORK MAN SENTENCED FOR BANK ROBBERY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Brooklyn, New York man was sentenced in federal court today for robbing Guaranty Bank in Springfield.


             Joseph W. Jean-Louis, 56, of Brooklyn, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this afternoon to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered that $1,107 recovered from Jean-Louis at the time of his arrest be returned to Guaranty Bank.


             On April 8, 2008, Jean-Louis pleaded guilty to robbing Guaranty Bank, 2109 N. Glenstone Ave., on Aug. 24, 2007. Jean-Louis handed a bank teller a note and a cash withdrawal slip for $10,000. The note said, “This is a holdup. I have a gun. Give me $10,000.00 dollars. 100s, 50s, 20s, 10s. No dye packs. No bait money. No transmitters. I will shoot. Don't push the alarm. Come on hurry up. Give me the money now!” (punctuation added except for the exclamation mark). The teller gave Jean-Louis $1,107 from her teller drawer and he left the bank. The teller did not observe any object that appeared to be a weapon during the robbery, and, according to Jean-Louis, he did not have any object that appeared to be a weapon during the robbery.


             Jean-Louis was arrested by law enforcement officers shortly afterward when they conducted a traffic stop at Interstate 44 near the Strafford, Mo., exit on a yellow cab that witnesses had seen him enter. The driver of the cab told police officers that Jean-Louis gave him a $100 bill as a deposit to drive him to Camdenton, Mo.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas C. Bunch. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.

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