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FRIDAY - January 11, 2008

BANK ROBBER SENTENCED TO 188 MONTHS IN PRISON

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that in federal court on Thursday, January 10, 2008, Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced TERRY IRA NICHOLS, 49, of Proctorville, Ohio, to 188 months’ imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release and imposed a restitution of $1,082.00 and a fine of $4,000.00.

A Criminal Indictment filed by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of North Carolina on January 11, 2007, charged NICHOLS with bank robbery. In the course of the investigation, it was discovered that NICHOLS had three earlier bank robbery charges in two other districts. These other charges were transferred to the Eastern District of North Carolina and at his arraignment on October 18, 2007, NICHOLS pled guilty to four charges of bank robbery; one from the Southern District of Ohio, two from the Middle District of North Carolina, and one from the Eastern District of North Carolina.

On December 13, 2006, NICHOLS entered the Lumbee Guaranty Bank in Hope Mills, North Carolina, demanding money. After handing over the money, the teller alerted the police, giving a description of NICHOLS. A “BOLO” was issued and an officer from the Hope Mills Police Department observed NICHOLS in a green Oldsmobile. A traffic stop was performed, where the officer noticed red dye on NICHOLS’ hands from exploded dye packs. While the officer stepped away from the Oldsmobile to radio for assistance, NICHOLS sped away. A car chase ensued. NICHOLS was apprehended after colliding with another vehicle; eventually crashing and overturning.

Two days previously NICHOLS robbed two other banks. On December 11, 2006, NICHOLS entered the First Bank in Pinebluff, North Carolina, demanding money and absconded with approximately $1,781.00. On that same day, NICHOLS robbed the New Century Bank South in Raeford, North Carolina, taking $762.00. Both of these banks are in the Middle District of North Carolina.

On November 27, 2006, NICHOLS entered the Oak Hill Bank in Chesapeake, Ohio, (Southern District of Ohio) presented a demand note and absconded of $1,040.00.

Investigation of the case in North Carolina was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pinebluff Police Department, the Raeford Police Department, and the Hope Mills Police Department. In Ohio, the investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Barb Kocher was prosecution for the government. Mr. Holding expressed his thanks to the investigators who handled these matter and thanked United States Attorney Anna Mills S. Wagoner of the Middle District of North Carolina and Gregory G. Lockhart of the Souther District of Ohio for the cooperation of their offices.

 

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