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Press Release

Columbus Bank Robber Sentenced

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

James Brennan, aged 50, of Columbus, Georgia was sentenced to serve 85 months in federal prison for robbing the Regions Bank in Columbus, Georgia on October 14, 2014.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Clay D. Land, Chief U.S. District Court Judge, on April 22, 2015, in Columbus, Georgia.

On January 13, 2015, Mr. Brennan entered a plea of guilty to bank robbery, admitting that on October 8, 2014, he donned a white baseball cap, covered his face with a green bandana and entered the Regions Bank on Veterans Parkway in Columbus with what appeared to be a black semi-automatic pistol in his right hand and a small cardboard box in his left hand.  Mr. Brennan then pointed the firearm at a bank teller and took U.S. currency from her. He placed the currency in the cardboard box and exited the bank through the rear doors.

“Mr. Brennan not only robbed the bank, he terrorized the employees with his conduct.  With a sentence of more than seven years, it will be a long time before he has the chance to attempt make any more illegal withdrawals,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Columbus Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Crawford L. Seals prosecuted the case for the Government.

Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.

Updated April 23, 2015