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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Virginia Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Multiple Bank Robberies

RICHMOND, Va. – A Virginia Beach man pleaded guilty today to committing a dozen bank robberies throughout Virginia and North Carolina in 2016 and 2017.

According to court documents, Russell Carter, 50, robbed 11 banks and attempted to rob another, all by approaching the tellers with a note demanding money, and claiming that he had a firearm. Carter robbed nine banks in the Richmond, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg areas, as well as one bank in Charlottesville, and one in Durham, North Carolina. 

Carter pleaded guilty to bank robbery and faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison when sentenced on June 19. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Adam S. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney, Jr. accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter S. Duffey is prosecuting the case.

This investigation was conducted by FBI Richmond’s Central Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force. 

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 is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:17-cr-166.

Violent Crime
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications
Updated March 27, 2018