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South Boston Man Sentenced For Bank Robberies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
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Boston - A South Boston man was sentenced today in federal court for committing four bank robberies.

William J. Coleman, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro to 10 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $17,211 in restitution to four banks. Coleman pleaded guilty to four counts of bank robbery on Dec. 5, 2012.

Between Dec. 7, 2011 and Jan. 3, 2012 Coleman committed four bank robberies in the City of Boston, and at least two of the bank robberies involved the use of a hand gun. On Dec. 7, 2011, Coleman robbed the Citizens Bank at 77 Franklin Street, Boston of $1,730; On Dec. 16, 2011 Coleman robbed the Sovereign Bank at 125 Summer Street, Boston of $3,880; On Dec. 27, 2011, Coleman robbed the People’s United Bank at 176 Franklin Street, Boston of $3,601; and on Jan. 3, 2012, Coleman robbed the Sovereign bank at 125 Summer Street, Boston of $8,000.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David G. Tobin of Ortiz’ s Major Crimes Unit.

Updated December 15, 2014