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Press Release

Hampton Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Bank Robbery

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

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Hampton man pleaded guilty today to robbing the Old Point National Bank in Hampton while holding a bank customer at knifepoint.

According to court documents, Delonta Wilson, 36, entered the Old Point National Bank located in downtown Hampton on the morning of October 16, 2023, armed with a knife. Wilson then approached an elderly customer from behind and held her at knifepoint while forcing her towards the teller’s counter. Wilson demanded currency from the bank tellers, while threatening to cut the customer’s throat if they did not comply. The tellers, in fear for the customer’s safety, provided the defendant with around $6,550 in United States currency.

Wilson is scheduled to be sentenced on June 6, and he faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Jason S. Miyares, Attorney General of Virginia; Brian Dugan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; and Jimmie Wideman, Chief of Hampton Police, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Jamar K. Walker accepted the plea.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Alyson C. Yates and Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Hurt are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:23-cr-82.

Updated February 6, 2024

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