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Convicted Armed Bank Robber Pleads Guilty To Fort Myers Armed Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Fort Myers, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Grant Elmore Davis, Jr. (71, Mansfield, Ohio) today pleaded guilty to armed bank robbery, discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Davis faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 25 years, up to life, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the court documents, on October 31, 2023, Davis entered a Truist Bank in Fort Myers and discharged a handgun while making verbal commands to the teller to give him money from the cash register. After obtaining money from the teller, Davis fled the bank. He was apprehended by authorities the following day. In November 2001, Davis was convicted of armed bank robbery and using and carrying a short-barreled shotgun in relation to a crime of violence. As a convicted felon he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Morgan.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make out neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated December 20, 2023

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