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Portland Man Pleads Guilty to Additional Bank Robbery Charges

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

Contact: James W. Chapman, Jr.
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Jimmy Odong, 26, of Portland, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to committing four bank robberies in Portland.  The charges arise from the robberies of University Credit Union on May 14, 2015; TruChoice Federal Credit Union on May 26, 2015; and CPort Credit Union and Bank of America, both on June 19, 2015.

In the robberies, Odong was captured on bank security cameras wearing a hat or wig that partially disguised his appearance, he demanded cash from tellers, and he brandished what appeared to be a gray or black semiautomatic handgun.

On January 20, 2016, Odong pled guilty to the robbery of Key Bank in Freeport, Maine, on July 17, 2015, and awaits sentencing. 

The defendant faces up to 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine for each robbery.  According to a plea agreement, Odong has agreed to be sentenced for all of the robberies to a total term of imprisonment of between 12 years and three months and 14 years.   He will be sentenced after completion of a presentence investigation report prepared by the U.S. Probation Office. 

The investigation was conducted by Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”); the Freeport, Portland and Brunswick Police Departments; the Maine State Police; and the Southern Maine Gang Task Force comprised of agents and officers from the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and the Portland, South Portland, Lewiston and Biddeford Police Departments.  U.S. Attorney Delahanty praised the cooperation among these law enforcement agencies noting that “these bank robberies were quickly solved because local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies worked closely together.”

Updated April 27, 2016

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