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District Man Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For July 2013 Attempted Bank RobberyDefendant Committed Offense While On Supervised Release For String Of 19 Bank Robberies In D.C., Maryland, And Virginia In 2003

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

     WASHINGTON – Calvin Kinard Adams, 33, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to five years in prison for attempting to rob a bank in July 2013, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

     Adams pled guilty to one count of attempted bank robbery in January 2014 and was sentenced today by the Honorable Richard J. Leon in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Upon completion of his prison term, he will be placed on three years of supervised release.

     According to a factual proffer of evidence presented at the time of the guilty plea, on the morning of July 3, 2013, Adams entered a Wells Fargo Bank, in the 3200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, approached a bank employee, and handed over a note demanding money.  As the teller attempted to press the silent alarm, Adams fled the bank.

     Adams was arrested on Oct. 18, 2013. At the time of the offense, Adams was on supervised release following his 2003 convictions for a string of 19 bank robberies he committed in 2003 in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  In that case, the Honorable Paul L. Friedman in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia sentenced Adams to 11 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.  Adams had been on supervised release for less than six months when he committed the attempted bank robbery in this case.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director Parlave, and Chief Lanier, commended the investigative work of the Special Agents from the FBI=s Washington Field Office and the FBI Laboratory Latent Print Operations Unit who worked on the case, and the entire joint FBI/MPD Violent Crimes Task Force.  In addition, they acknowledged the work of those who handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Legal Assistant Jessica Moffatt and Paralegal Specialist Starla Stolk.  Finally, they thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney David B. Kent, of the Violent Crimes and Narcotics Trafficking Section, who prosecuted the case.


Updated February 19, 2015