Appleton Man Indicted for Armed Bank Robbery and Firearms Offenses
Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on April 16, 2019, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging Xengxai Yang (age: 19) of Appleton with armed robbery.
Count One of the indictment charges Yang with Armed Bank Robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(d). If convicted, Yang faces a maximum of 25 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release. Count Two charges Yang with Use of a Short-barreled Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c). If convicted, Yang faces up to a $250,000 fine, up to 5 years of supervised release, and up to life in prison, with a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence that must be consecutive to any other sentence. Count Three charges Yang with Possession of a Short-barreled Rifle in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d). If convicted, Yang faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, up to 3 years of supervised release, and up to a $250,000 fine.
According to the indictment, on or about March 15, 2019, the defendant forcefully took money from a federally insured credit union in Appleton and assaulted persons within the facility by the use of a dangerous weapon while committing the robbery. The weapon was a rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches in length.
The Appleton Police Department investigated the case. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.
An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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