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Maricopa Man Sentenced to Over 132 Years in Prison for Multiple Armed Bank Robberies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

     PHOENIX – Yesterday, Jaime Villa, 45, of Maricopa, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake to over 132 years of imprisonment. Villa was found guilty by a federal jury on Dec. 7, 2016, of six bank robberies and six accompanying charges of using a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.


     The six armed bank robberies dated back to 2010. Each time, Villa brandished a firearm toward the tellers. Villa was caught on Aug. 24, 2015, the date of the last robbery, by the Chandler Police Department. During the pursuit, Villa fired his firearm at two uniformed Chandler Police Department officers. Under federal law, Villa faced a mandatory-minimum sentence of at least 132 years due to the presence of six firearm-related counts of conviction.


     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Chandler Police Department, the Mesa Police Department, the Tempe Police Department, the Apache Junction Police Department, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Phoenix Police Department, the Scottsdale Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Bank Robbery Task Force. The prosecution was handled by Gayle L. Helart, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Brett A. Day, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.


CASE NUMBER: CR-2:15-01149-NVW

RELEASE NUMBER: 2017-051_ Villa


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Updated June 6, 2017

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: CR-2:15-01149-NVW / 2017-051_ Villa