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East Bay Resident Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California
Defendant brandished an unloaded gun and stole $302,462 from an Oakland bank

OAKLAND – Kevin Marshall Stevenson was sentenced on January 28, 2020, to eight years in prison for brandishing a firearm in furtherance of an armed bank robbery, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and John Bennett, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s San Francisco Field Division.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Jeffrey S. White, U.S. District Judge.

Stevenson, 35, pleaded guilty to the charge on October 1, 2019.  According to his plea agreement, Stevenson admitted that on January 19, 2018, he entered the East West Bank in Oakland, California, intending to rob it, and carrying an unloaded firearm.  Stevenson pointed the firearm at multiple bank employees and demanded that they provide him money from the bank registers and the vault.  Bank employees were forced to give Stevenson $302,462 in cash before he fled the scene.

Stevenson was apprehended by BART and Oakland police officers as he entered the Lake Merritt BART station.  Both the stolen money and the firearm were recovered.

On May 3, 2018, a federal grand jury indicted Stevenson, charging him with one count of armed bank robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2113(a) and (d); one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1); and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)(ii).  Stevenson pleaded guilty to brandishing the firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, namely, armed bank robbery, and the remaining counts were dismissed.

In addition to the prison term, Judge White sentenced the defendant to a five-year period of supervised release to begin at the conclusion of his prison term.  Stevenson has been in custody since his arrest and will begin serving his prison term immediately.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Samantha Schott is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Kay Konopaske.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI, BART Police Department, and Oakland Police Department.

Updated January 29, 2020

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