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Woman Sentenced to Prison for Committing 2 Bank Robberies in Bridgeport

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that JENNIFER KELLNER, 29, of Bridgeport, was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for committing two bank robberies in Bridgeport in 2017.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on August 15, 2017, Kellner entered the Chase Bank at 723 Boston Avenue in Bridgeport, handed the teller a brown paper bag and a note demanding money.  She told the teller not to do anything “stupid” because “there were a lot of people here and small children.”  The teller placed $1,987 in the bag and handed it to Kellner, who then exited the bank.

On August 23, 2017, Kellner also robbed approximately $1,000 from the Chase Bank located at 2125 Main Street in Bridgeport, and threatened to shoot the teller if the teller pushed any buttons in an effort to alert law enforcement.

Kellner was arrested on related state charges on August 27, 2017.  On April 8, 2019, she pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery.

Kellner, who is released on bond and residing in a drug treatment facility, is required to report to prison on January 6, 2020.

This investigation is being conducted by the Bridgeport Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale.

Updated October 2, 2019