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Transient Sentenced to Fifty-One Months in Federal
Prison for Robbing Albuquerque Bank in March 2013

January 7, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE – Sheldon David Weisman, 56, was sentenced this morning to 51 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for robbing an Albuquerque-area bank in March 2013.

Weisman was arrested on March 15, 2013 based on a criminal complaint alleging that he robbed the Wells Fargo Bank located at 8333 Montgomery Blvd. NE in Albuquerque that day.    At the time of his arrest, Weisman was homeless and living out of his vehicle.  Weisman subsequently was indicted on a bank robbery charge in April 2013.

Court filings reflect that Weisman entered the bank on the afternoon of March 15, 2013, and handed a note demanding cash to a bank teller.  After the bank teller complied with Weisman’s demand and Weisman left the bank with a bag of cash, a bank employee observed Weisman drive away in a vehicle bearing a Texas license plate.  After a description of the vehicle was relayed to law enforcement authorities, an officer of the Albuquerque Police Department executed a traffic stop of a vehicle fitting the description and arrested Weisman.  A search of Weisman’s vehicle revealed the bank robbery note and a bag containing cash.

On Oct. 7, 2013, Weisman pled guilty to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Albuquerque Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. Pflugrath.

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