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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Holiday Man Sentenced To Forty Years For Armed Bank Robberies

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Anthony Maresca (54, Holiday) to 40 years in federal prison for multiple armed bank robberies in the Tampa Bay Area. He pleaded guilty in October 2016.

 

According to court documents, beginning in late 2014, Maresca robbed eight banks in Pinellas and Pasco counties over a six-month period. Each time, he wore a disguise, pointed a silver handgun at the teller, and demanded cash. The robbery spree began shortly after Maresca learned that law enforcement officers wanted to question him regarding the 2014 murder of Pasco county resident Billy Shuler. Maresca left his Holiday home and lived out of local motels until he was eventually arrested. The federal case has concluded and Maresca now faces a first degree murder charge in the Shuler case brought by state authorities.

 

The bank robberies were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, the Clearwater Police Department, and the Pinellas Park Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Leeman and Simon Gaugush.

Topic: 
Violent Crime
Updated February 2, 2017