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Tuesday - December 16, 2003

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that REGINAL COUNCIL WILLIAMS was sentenced in federal court in Greenville on Thursday, December 11, 2003, for robbing a Fayetteville bank. U. S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard imposed a sentence of 165 months imprisonment, a fine of $2,500.00, and a supervised release term of three years. Also, he ordered the defendant to pay $2,390.00 in restitution to the victim bank.

WILLIAMS, 39, address unknown, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Raleigh on April 16, 2003. He was charged with the January 28, 2003, robbery of the Branch Banking and Trust Company, located at 2507 Bragg Boulevard, Fayetteville, N. C. WILLIAMS pled guilty on August 4, 2003.

According evidence and testimony presented in court, WILLIAMS entered the bank and used a note that read, "No dye packs, no alarms count 4000 dollars on the counter now, you want [sic] be hurt if you make the right moves. Do it !!!! 20 seconds!!!!" He handed the teller a business size envelope, into which she placed $2,390.00 in currency and bait money. Upon exiting the bank, WILLIAMS left behind a Bank of America electronic payment receipt, which was addressed to another individual. Detectives went to that individual's house and questioned him. He advised that WILLIAMS had stopped by his house recently. WILLIAMS was identified from a photo lineup and fingerprints. When apprehended, he confessed. Investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant U. S. Attorney Thomas B. Murphy handled the case for the government.

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