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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Boston Man Pleads Guilty to Multiple Bank Robberies

BOSTON – A Boston man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Boston to multiple bank robberies throughout the Boston area.


Jeremy D. Woodley, 38, pleaded guilty to three counts of bank robbery. U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin scheduled sentencing for April 5, 2017.


On May 5, 2016, an individual later identified as Woodley, entered a branch of the Santander Bank in Boston, handed the teller a demand note indicating a robbery and that he was armed. The teller gave Woodley $599, and he fled the bank. A similar robbery occurred on May 17, 2016, at a different Santander Bank branch, and again on May 21, 2016, at a branch of Commerce Bank in Boston. The perpetrator stole $927 and $1,995, respectively.


Following the May 21st robbery, witnesses observed Woodley exit the bank and enter the rear passenger door of an awaiting motor vehicle. Law enforcement officers observed the vehicle and, after a brief chase, arrested Woodley. At the time of his arrest, Woodley was in possession of the cash stolen from Commerce Bank.


The charging statue provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors


United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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