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Virginia Beach Man Sentenced to 18 years for Robbery of Five Tidewater Area Banks

October 31, 2011

NORFOLK, Va. – James Nathan Pizer, 43, of Virginia Beach, Va., was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to 18 years in prison, followed by a five year term of supervised release, for his armed robbery of five banks in the Tidewater area.

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Pizer was sentenced by United States District Judge Raymond Jackson.  Pizer plead guilty to the robbery charges on April 26, 2011.

            According to court documents, Pizer admitted to robbing five banks in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Suffolk between July and November 2010.  He also admitted that he attempted to rob a sixth bank on November 24, 2010, but was unable to enter the bank because tellers saw him coming, recognized him from warning flyers disseminated by law enforcement, and refused to allow him to enter the bank.  Pizer was arrested later that day after his failed attempt.      

            The case was investigated by the FBI.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Cameron M. Rountree and Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin L. Hatch prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on



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