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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Boston Man Sentenced for Armed Bank Robbery

BOSTON – A Boston man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for armed bank robbery.

Kenneth E. Denny, 61, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty in April 2016. He is currently in custody in New York for armed bank robbery, and the sentence imposed today will run concurrent to his sentence in Buffalo.

On July 24, 2015, Denny entered a branch of the Citizens Bank on Washington Street in Brighton and handed the teller a demand note. He removed what appeared to be a bomb from a newspaper he was carrying and placed it on the teller’s counter, demanding money.  The teller handed Denny $4,040. When Denny turned to exit the bank, he was confronted by the bank’s manager, at which time he dropped the bag of money, headed toward the exit door and removed a white cell phone from his pocket and stated: “I am going to blow it up.”  Denny then exited the bank and was observed heading down Washington Street.  The bomb was later determined by law enforcement to be a hoax. 

The suspect had also left his wallet on the teller’s counter containing a Massachusetts Identification Card with the name Kenneth E. Denny and a headshot.  Law enforcement recalled that they had observed an individual resembling the man in the photo heading down Washington Street as they were approaching the bank just a few minutes earlier.  Denny was later located and asked his name, to which he replied, “Kenneth Denny.” When Denny was asked to produce some identification, he stated he must have lost his wallet. Bank employees subsequently picked Denny out of a line-up as the individual who had robbed them.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.  

Updated July 11, 2017