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Birmingham Man Sentenced for Bank Robbery of Wells Fargo Bank

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

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal judge today sentenced a Birmingham man for bank robbery, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr.

U.S. District Judge Annemarie Axon sentenced James Earl Crenshaw, 49, to 100 months in prison.  In September 2019, Crenshaw robbed the Wells Fargo Bank located in downtown Birmingham.  In January, Crenshaw pled guilty to one count of robbing a federally insured bank.   

   “Those who rob banks and threaten the lives of innocent employees are exactly the violent criminals we will remove from free society and relocate to prison,” Town said. “Crenshaw will have plenty of time to reflect on his dangerous actions while sitting in a federal prison cell.”

“Thanks to the great cooperative work between the FBI and our local partners, Crenshaw is off the street and won’t be able to threaten innocent lives for years to come,” Sharp said.

The FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Britteny Bucak prosecuted.

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Updated May 7, 2020

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