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former henderson man sentenced for bank robbery

September 18, 2012

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced RODNEY WILLIAMS TALLEY, 32, to 164 months’ imprisonment followed by 5 years’ supervised release. 

On September 20, 2011, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Indictment.  On March 14, 2012, TALLEY pled guilty to bank robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2113(a) and (d), and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).

According to the Superseding Indictment, on May 11, 2011, TALLEY robbed the then Wachovia Bank on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, North Carolina, taking over $40,000.  The investigation revealed that TALLEY, dressed in dark clothes and carrying a loaded Colt .45 handgun, entered the bank.  Pointing the gun at the tellers and handing them plastic bags, he demanded that they fill the bags with money from the bottom drawer.  Along with the money, the tellers included a tracking device. Taking the bags, TALLEY went out the back entrance and entered his getaway vehicle. 

Dispatch conveyed the tracking information from the devices and officers were able to locate TALLEYTALLEY tried to flee, taking police on a high-speed chase.  TALLEY crashed the vehicle after officers threw down stop sticks.  TALLEY then attempted to evade officers on foot.  TALLEY was apprehended and the firearm and money were recovered from the vehicle.     

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Raleigh Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette is prosecuting the case.



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