Franklin County Man to Serve 84 Months in Federal Prison for Robbing Swanton Bank
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on February 4, 2013, Allan Reynolds, 27, of Swanton, Vermont, was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison for bank robbery. Reynolds pled guilty to the offense on September 28, 2012, after three days of trial before a jury in Burlington, Vermont. United States District Judge William K. Sessions III, who presided over the trial and the sentencing, ordered Reynolds to serve a three-year term of supervised release after his prison term is completed. Judge Sessions also ordered Reynolds to pay the bank restitution for the money he had stolen.
According to court records, Reynolds robbed the Swanton branch of the People's United Bank on the morning of November 28, 2011. Wearing a disguise, he presented a bank teller with a note demanding cash. The teller complied and Reynolds left the bank with approximately $1700. He escaped the bank on a bicycle which he rode to his nearby home. Reynolds was arrested on state charges on December 2, 2011 and has been in custody since. A federal grand jury returned a single-count indictment charging him with bank robbery on June 11, 2012.
This is Reynolds' second conviction for bank robbery in the District of Vermont. On November 20, 2007, Reynolds pled guilty to robbing the TD Bank in Enosburg Falls, Vermont on August 10, 2007. For that crime, Judge Sessions sentenced Reynolds to a 33-month prison term followed by a two year period of federal supervised release. Reynolds was still serving his term of supervised release when he robbed People's United Bank on November 28, 2011.
Reynolds faced a maximum term of 20 years in prison. Under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which are advisory, Reynolds' recommended term of imprisonment was 66-84 months. In sentencing Reynolds to the high end or the recommended range, Judge Sessions considered the dangerousness of the offense, the harm caused to the bank's employees, and the fact that Reynolds committed the bank robbery while serving a term of federal supervised release for a previous bank robbery.
United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the hard work of the law enforcement agencies who participated in this investigation, including the Swanton Police Department, the Vermont State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Border Patrol.
The prosecutor is Assistant United States Attorney Timothy C. Doherty, Jr. Reynolds is represented by defense attorney Karen Shingler, whose law office is in Burlington.