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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Two-Time Career Offender Sentenced To Fifteen Years For Fifth Bank Robbery

Ocala, Florida – U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore today sentenced Jason Earl Hill (53, Ingles) to 15 years in federal prison for bank robbery. The court also ordered Hill to make restitution to Center State Bank, N.A., in the amount of $2,250.

Hill had pleaded guilty on January 4, 2019.

According to court documents, Hill robbed a branch of Harbor Community Bank (now known as Center State Bank) in Ocala, Florida on May 11, 2018. Hill presented the teller with a demand note, and with instructions to hand over large sums of money. Hill then fled with $2,250 in his green 2006 Saturn, which was caught on surveillance video at a nearby fast-food restaurant. After identifying the vehicle, law enforcement was able to obtain a positive identification from the victim-teller.

Hill was previously convicted in the District of New Mexico for three bank robberies in 1997. After serving time on those offenses, he was then convicted of bank robbery in the Eastern District of Tennessee in 2002. Following his 12-year sentence on that case, Hill relocated to Ocala, Florida, where he committed the latest bank robbery. In addition to his convictions for multiple bank robberies, Hill has several 1990s convictions for felony theft and burglary in Tennessee.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael P. Felicetta.

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Updated March 21, 2019