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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Framingham Man Pleads Guilty to Multiple Bank Robberies

BOSTON – A Framingham man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Boston to robbing two banks in Framingham.

 

Jalonni Tucker a/k/a Jalonni Shabazz, 36, pleaded guilty to two counts of unarmed bank robbery and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 5, 2017.

 

On June 21, 2016, an individual entered a branch of TD Bank in Framingham and placed a demand note on the teller’s counter indicating a robbery. The teller handed the robber cash, and the individual exited the bank. The bank’s surveillance cameras captured images of the individual, and surveillance cameras on neighboring businesses captured images of the individual driving away in a white/silver Chrysler SUV with distinctive chrome wheels.

 

On July 13, 2016, an individual entered a branch of Citizens Bank in Framingham and committed a similar robbery. The bank’s exterior surveillance cameras captured images of the individual driving away in a white/silver Chrysler SUV with distinctive chrome wheels.

 

During the course of the investigation, law enforcement determined that the Chrysler SUV belonged to a Framingham resident and that Tucker was married to the registered owner of the vehicle. Tucker’s picture matched the surveillance camera images of the robbery suspect. On July 15, 2016, Tucker was arrested at his Framingham home.

 

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 robbery charge. 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.

 

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb, Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division and Framingham Police Chief Kenneth Ferguson made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit.

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Updated March 28, 2017