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FRIDAY JULY 08, 2011
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COLUMBUS – James Henry Evans III, 32, of Columbus, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to a total of 170 months in prison for robbing eight banks in Franklin, Madison, Montgomery and Delaware counties between October 2010 and January 2011.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; J. Mark Batts, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Columbus Police Chief Walter Distelzweig, Whitehall Police Chief Richard Zitzke, Springfield Police Chief Stephen P. Moody, Oakwood Police Chief Alex Bebris, Miami Township Deputy Police Chief John DiPietro, London Police Chief David Wiseman, and Delaware County Sheriff Walter Davis announced the sentences handed down today by U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley.

Judge Marbley sentenced Evans to 86 months in prison for the robberies plus 84 months in prison for brandishing a gun during one of the robberies.

Evans pleaded guilty on March 18 to unarmed bank robbery in connection with the robberies of the Security National Bank in Springfield on October 13, 2010, a Key Bank on East Dublin-Granville Road in Columbus on October 26, 2010, a Huntington Bank on East Dublin-Granville Road in Columbus on November 30, 2010, a Huntington Bank in London on December 30, 2010, LCNB in Oakwood and a Key Bank on Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Dayton on January 3, 2011.

Evans also pleaded guilty to armed bank robbery in connection with the robberies of the First Merit Bank in Powell on January 10, 2011 when he brandished the gun, and a PNC Bank in Whitehall on January 11 when he had the firearm in his jacket pocket.

Evans sentence includes five years of supervised release after his prison term and he was ordered to pay restitution to the banks.

Columbus police officers arrested Evans after the Whitehall robbery. He has been in custody since his arrest.

Stewart commended the cooperative investigation of this case by the officers, deputies, and agents of the law enforcement agencies named above, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah A. Solove, who prosecuted the case.



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