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Boston Man Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Prison for Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant committed robbery one day after being released from Suffolk County jail

BOSTON – A Boston man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for robbing a TD Bank branch in Boston.

Coleman Nee, 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to 63 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In November 2022, Nee pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery.

At approximately 4:15 pm on the afternoon of April 26, 2021 – one day after being released from Suffolk County House of Correction in an unrelated matter – Nee entered a TD Bank branch in Boston, showed a teller what appeared to be a firearm and threatened to kill a teller and a bank customer before robbing the bank of $990. Within 21 minutes of the robbery, Nee was apprehended by law enforcement inside a department store in Downtown Crossing. All but $10 of the stolen money was recovered from the defendant when he was apprehended. During booking, items were recovered from the defendant including a MBTA Charlie Card with a date/time stamp of April 26, 2021, at 4:23pm that reflected $10.00 in cash was used to purchase the Charlie Card.

According to court records, Nee’s prior criminal conduct includes a prior federal conviction for bank robbery, as well as state court convictions for, among other crimes, Armed Robbery, Assault Dangerous Weapon Possession of Firearm with no FID card, Possession of Ammunition with no FID card, Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Knowingly Receiving Stolen Property.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Boston Division; John E. Mawn Jr., Interim Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police; Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox; and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police Chief Kenneth Green made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of the Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case. 

Updated September 6, 2023

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