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News Release
U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island

January 4, 2013

Fall River Man Sentenced to 22 ½ Years in Federal Prison for
Armed Robbery of West Greenwich, R.I. Bank

            PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Craig A. Carey, 44, of Fall River, Mass., was sentenced on Friday to 272 months in federal prison on conspiracy, bank robbery and firearm charges, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; West Greenwich Police Chief Richard N. Ramsay; Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police; and Richard Deslauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s New England Field Office.

On October 9, 2012, Carey admitted to the court that in May 2011, he and a co-defendant, Louis R. Peters III, 24, of West Topsham, Vt., bound and held employees of a West Greenwich, R.I., bank at gunpoint and robbed the bank of approximately $82,000. Carey pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy, bank robbery, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

At sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith also ordered Carey to serve 5 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term.

On November 23, 2012, Peters was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 120 months in federal prison for his participation in the armed robbery of the West Greenwich, R.I., bank. Peters pleaded guilty on January 25, 2012, to one count each of conspiracy, bank robbery and carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

At the time of their guilty pleas, Carey and Peters admitted to the court that on May 28, 2011, they accosted the manager of the Centreville Savings Bank branch office on Victory Highway at gunpoint as the manager prepared to enter the bank. Once inside the bank, Carey and Peters detained and later bound other employees and robbed the bank of approximately $82,000.

Shortly after Carey and Peters fled the bank, two West Greenwich police officers and a Rhode Island State Police trooper located Peters sitting in a vehicle parked behind a nearby building, and Carey who was walking a short distance away. Both men have been detained since their arrest.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Hebert, and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth P. Madden.

The matter was investigated by West Greenwich Police, Rhode Island State Police and the FBI.

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