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Boston Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Cambridge Bank

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant has prior criminal history of murder, kidnapping and assault with intent to murder

BOSTON – A Boston man pleaded guilty today in connection with the robbery of a TD Bank branch in Cambridge.

Jamall Copeland, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs scheduled sentencing for March 1, 2023. Copeland was charged by criminal complaint in May 2022 and subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2022.

On April 27, 2022, an unknown male – later identified as Copeland – entered the TD Bank located at 1270 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge at approximately 1:45 p.m. and handed the teller a demand note that stated, “Give up all Hundreds! AN 50's Robbery!” Copeland obtained $1,455 in cash and fled the scene. Following the robbery, law enforcement recovered a fingerprint from the demand note that matched the known fingerprint of Copeland.

According to court records, Copeland was released from state prison in December 2021 and has a criminal history including charges related to murder, kidnapping, drug and firearms offenses, armed robbery and assault with intent to murder. 

The charge of bank robbery provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; and Cambridge Police Chief Christine Elow made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney David G. Tobin of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

Updated December 2, 2022

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