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recidivist sentenced to 188 months for bank robbery

May 23, 2013

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today ERNEST RICHARD MICHAELSON, 58, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced by United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to 188 months imprisonment for Bank Robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a), three years of supervised release, restitution of $6530.00 and a $100 special assessment.

On February 5, 2013 MICHAELSON pled guilty to robbing Capital Bank in Fayetteville, North Carolina on April 20, 2012. MICHAELSON handed a teller a note that read, “I want 550 million dollars now thank you.” MICHAELSON then told the teller, “I have a gun in my back pocket.  I ain’t scared to die.”  The teller did not see a gun but complied and handed MICHAELSON $6,530 who stuffed it in his shirt and fled the bank.

At the time of the April, 2012, offense, MICHAELSON had absconded parole in Bridgeport, Connecticut following his three prior 2000 Connecticut convictions for bank robbery.  

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fayetteville Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Thomas B. Murphy prosecuted the case.



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