Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Department of Justice
United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee
GUNMAN IN MORRISTOWN BANK ROBBERY SENTENCED
GREENEVILLE, Tenn.- Jamal Siler, 19, of Morristown, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court, Greeneville, to serve 117 months in federal prison, by the Honorable Leon Jordan, U.S. District Judge. The sentence was the result of a guilty plea by Siler on July 26, 2010, to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with bank robbery. There is no parole on a federal sentence.
In May 2010, Morristown Police Department officers responded to a bank robbery at SunTrust Bank in Morristown, Tenn., which was insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Bank employees advised police that a male entered the bank wearing a white turban-type headdress, brandished a semi-automatic firearm, demanded money and fled. A later review of the surveillance video clearly showed Jamal Siler was the robber, and that he pointed a semi-automatic firearm at the teller. Witnesses to the bank robbery saw an unusual blue-colored car containing two males pick up the robber after he ran out of the bank. A short distance away, witnesses observed the blue car pull into the driveway of an apartment in Morristown, where all three males went inside. Officers quickly surrounded the apartment and ordered the individuals to come out. The three males exited and were identified as Christopher Landon Black, Joshua John Evans, and Jamal Siler. A search of the apartment rendered the cash taken in the robbery, the clothing Siler wore during the robbery, as well as the 9mm pistol used in the robbery.
The indictment and subsequent conviction of Siler and two co-defendants was the result of an investigation conducted by the Morristown Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Reeves represented the United States. Joshua Evans and Christopher Landon Black are awaiting sentencing at a later date.
This case was brought as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a comprehensive national strategy that creates local partnerships with law enforcement agencies to effectively enforce existing gun laws. It provides more options to prosecutors, allowing them to utilize local, state, and federal laws to ensure that criminals who commit gun crime face tough sentences. PSN gives each federal district the flexibility it needs to focus on individual challenges that a specific community faces.