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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Maryland Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison For Robbing Bank in Northwest Washington

Defendant Also Admitted Trying to Rob a Second Bank, Three Days Earlier

            WASHINGTON – Dhyru Jamaal Gillis, 21, of Hyattsville, Md., has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for robbing a bank in Northwest Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips, Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            Gillis pled guilty in March 2016 to a charge of bank robbery. He was sentenced on June 6, 2016, by the Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Following his prison term, Gillis will be placed on three years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, on Oct. 19, 2015, at approximately 9:55 a.m., Gillis entered a SunTrust Bank branch in the 5000 block of Connecticut Avenue NW. He passed a demand note to the teller stating that, “[t]his is a robbery give all your $100 $50, $20 you got 30 seconds.”  Fearing for her safety and the safety of others, the teller turned over $2,344.

            In addition to admitting to that robbery, in his guilty plea Gillis admitted attempting to rob a Citibank branch in the 5700 block of Connecticut Avenue NW, just three days earlier, on Oct. 16, 2015.  He wound up leaving the bank without getting any money.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips, Assistant Director in Charge Abbate, and Chief Lanier commended the actions of the FBI and Metropolitan Police Department officers who worked to solve this case.  They also expressed appreciation for the work of Paralegal Specialists Jeannette Litz and Teesha Tobias of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Finally, they commended efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory V. Cole, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Updated June 7, 2016