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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 31, 2016

Lake County Resident Sentenced To Over Five Years In Prison For Armed Bank Robbery

SAN FRANCISCO – Samuel Campbell was sentenced to 70 months in prison for armed bank robbery, announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett.  The sentence, handed down last Friday, October 28, 2016, by the Honorable Susan Illston, U.S. District Judge, follows a guilty plea entered earlier this year.

Campbell, 26, formerly of Lake County, pleaded guilty on May 13, 2016, to a single count of armed bank robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2113(a) and (d).  According to the plea agreement, Campbell admitted that on the morning of July 8, 2015, he drove to a bank branch in Clearlake, Calif., and robbed it.  During the robbery, he held what appeared to be a handgun while shouting commands to the bank employees.  He stole more than $3,000 in cash from the bank and $120 from a bank customer.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Illston also ordered Campbell to serve a 5-year term of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $3,137.  Campbell currently is in custody and will begin serving his sentence immediately.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Kopczynski is prosecuting the case with the assistance of MK Swartsfager.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Clearlake Police Department.

Updated November 1, 2016