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Albuquerque Man Sentenced to More Than Fourteen Years in Prison for Robbing Three Albuquerque-Area Banks

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February 20, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE – Late yesterday afternoon, Danny Kevin Brawner, 50, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced to 170 months in prison to be followed by nine years of supervised release for his bank robbery convictions. Brawner also was ordered to pay full restitution to the three banks he robbed.

Brawner was arrested on April 21, 2011, and has been in federal custody since that time. On Nov. 29, 2012, Brawner pled guilty to an indictment charging him with three counts of bank robbery.

At his plea hearing, Brawner admitted robbing the following three Albuquerque banks: (1) the Wells Fargo Bank inside the Albertson’s Supermarket at 6200 Coors Blvd. NW, on Feb. 7, 2011; (2) the First Community Bank at 1418 Carlisle Blvd. NE, on April 14, 2011; and (3) Bank of the West at 5901 Menaul Blvd. NE on April 18, 2011. In entering his guilty plea, Brawner admitted presenting each of the victim bank tellers with a note demanding cash and threatening that he had a weapon.

Court records reflect that the FBI began investigating Brawner after it received a tip identifying Brawner as the individual who robbed the three banks. The investigation revealed that the get-away car used during the April 14, 2011 bank robbery was registered in the name of Brawner’s girlfriend. After witnesses to the first two of Brawner’s bank robberies identified him from a photo array, the FBI and Albuquerque Police Department arrested Brawner, who admitted robbing the three banks.

The case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Albuquerque Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman Cairns.

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