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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 6, 2017

Bank Robber Sentenced to 7 ½ Years in Federal Prison

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge today sentenced a Birmingham man to more than seven years in prison for three bank robberies in 2014, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.

PATRICK DEXTER JONES, 49, pled guilty to the three bank robberies before U.S. District Court Judge Madeline H. Haikala, who then imposed the seven-year, six-month sentence.

Jones admitted to robbing a Regions Bank branch on Inverness Center Drive in Hoover on Jan. 9, 2014, a BBVA Compass Bank branch on Shades Creek Parkway in Homewood on Jan. 21, 2014, and a Wells Fargo branch on Sixth Avenue South in Birmingham on Feb. 14, 2014. Jones presented notes demanding money in the first two robberies and in the third, presented two plastic bags and instructed the teller to put cash in the bags, according to his plea.

The robber of the Compass Bank in Homewood was seen fleeing the scene in a silver Honda Civic and a tag number was recorded. Investigators identified Jones as the owner of that car, according to his plea. He was arrested in 2014.

The call for a competency hearing postponed resolution of the case, according to court records.

The FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Felton prosecuted.

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Updated October 6, 2017