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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New York Man Sentenced To Over 17 Years’ Imprisonment For Armed Bank Robberies And Firearms Offenses

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Jule Futrell, age 44, a resident of Endicott, New York, was sentenced by Senior United States District Court Judge James M. Munley to serve 208 months’ imprisonment for multiple armed robberies of banks and another business.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Futrell pleaded guilty in March 2016, to committing two armed bank robberies, a pharmacy robbery, and to a firearms charge. The robberies were:

  • March 13, 2014, First National Community Bank (FNCB), Jenkins Township, Pennsylvania, Futrell and co-defendant Jeremy West stole approximately $57,000 in cash;

  • April 18, 2014, CVS pharmacy, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Futrell and West stole an unknown quantity of controlled substances;

  • November 26, 2014, NBT Bank, Keyser Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania, Futrell and co-defendant Jemal Laquan King stole approximately $101,000 in cash.

Another co-defendant, Dorian Whitehead, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the two armed bank robberies.


Judge Munley sentenced Futrell’s co-defendants for their roles in the crimes. King was sentenced on July 26, 2016, to 157 months’ imprisonment, West was sentenced on January 6, 2017, to 126 months’ imprisonment, and Whitehead was sentenced on January 5, 2017, to 51 months’ imprisonment.


In addition to the prison term, Judge Munley also ordered that a probation officer supervise Futrell for three years following his release from prison, and that Futrell pay restitution in the amount of $171,180.50.


The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Scranton and Binghamton offices. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski prosecuted the case.


This case was brought as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (“VCRP”), a district wide initiative to combat the spread of violent crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the VCRP consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies whose mission is to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit violent crimes with firearms.



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Violent Crime
Updated July 12, 2017