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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Boston Man Sentenced for Two Bank Robberies

BOSTON – A Boston man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for robbing a branch of the RTN Federal Credit Union in Brookline and a branch of the Mansfield Bank in West Bridgewater in November 2016.  

Stephen D. Williams, 56, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark. L. Wolf to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $2287 in restitution. In December 2017, Williams pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery.

On Nov. 15, 2016, two individuals, one later identified as Williams, and the other later identified as Joseph Morris, entered a branch of the RTN Federal Credit Union in Brookline. Williams approached a teller and demanded cash. The teller handed Williams cash from her drawer and Williams and Morris exited the bank and fled the area in a dark-colored Volkswagen.

On Nov. 22, 2016, an individual, later identified as Williams, entered a branch of the Mansfield Bank in West Bridgewater. Williams gestured that he had a firearm and demanded the tellers give him the bank’s money. The teller handed Williams cash, and Williams fled the area again in a dark-colored Volkswagen. Bank surveillance cameras recorded images of Williams during the robbery.

On Nov. 23, 2016, law enforcement officers familiar with both Williams and Morris located the dark-colored Volkswagen and arrested the two men at an apartment complex in Brockton.

Morris was charged in state court with the robbery of the RTN Federal Credit Union in Brookline and was sentenced to eight-to-10 years in jail.   

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; U.S. Marshal John Gibbons of the District of Massachusetts; Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey; West Bridgewater Police Chief Victor R. Flaherty Jr.; Brookline Acting Police Chief Mark P. Morgan; and Brockton Police Chief John Crowley made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

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Violent Crime
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Updated March 27, 2018