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

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Serial Bank Robber Sentenced To Nearly 11 Years In Federal Prison

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell has sentenced Terrance Maurice Goss (33, Tampa) to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison for committing four bank robberies and two attempted bank robberies. The court also ordered Goss to forfeit $6,462, the funds he had stolen from the banks.

Goss had pleaded guilty on May 21, 2019.

According to court documents, between January 11 and 25, 2019, Goss robbed four banks. On January 11, 2019, he robbed the Wells Fargo Bank located at 2699 Gulf to Bay Boulevard in Clearwater. He robbed a second Wells Fargo Bank located at 5250 East Bay Drive in Clearwater on January 15, 2019. Two days later, he robbed the Centennial Bank located at 5850 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. On January 25, 2019, Goss robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Davenport. Additionally, Goss attempted to rob the TD Bank located at 6108 U.S. Highway 98 North in Lakeland on January 17, 2019, and the SunTrust Bank located at 1075 Carpenters Way in Lakeland on January 25, 2019. 

During each robbery, and attempted robbery, Goss entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. Following Goss’s robbery of the bank in Davenport, he led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase, ultimately crashing his car. The officers recovered a loaded pistol from the car after the crash.

This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Largo Police Department, the Clearwater Police Department, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Lakeland Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Florida Highway Patrol. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Taylor G. Stout.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

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Updated August 2, 2019