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“Duffel Bag Bandit” Pleads Guilty To Bank Robbery

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

BOISE – Gerald Edward Massey, 56, formerly of Boise, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Massey was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boise on August 14, 2013, for one count of bank robbery. He was living in Shreveport, Louisiana, at the time of his arrest in August 2013.

According to the plea agreement, Massey admitted that on March 6, 2013, he walked into a U.S. Bank branch located at 10700 Ustick Road in Boise. Massey admitted that he used intimidation to coerce the bank manager to let him into the vault. Massey took $64,500 in U.S. currency. Massey also admitted that he attempted to obstruct or impede the investigation by counseling a witness to lie to FBI agents regarding his knowledge of Massey’s crimes. Massey agreed to pay restitution of $84,627.73, an amount equal to the loss caused to U.S. Bank and the loss caused to the victims of three additional bank robberies not charged.

Massey faces up to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.

Sentencing is set for April 1, 2014, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.

The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Boise Police Department.

Updated December 15, 2014