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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

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Friday, October 13, 2017

New York Man Convicted of Armed Bank Robbery

A man who robbed the Citizens State Bank in Hopkinton, Iowa, was convicted by a jury yesterday after a three-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

 

Daniel Louis Jackson, 27, from Younkers, New York, was convicted of armed bank robbery, conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery, aiding and abetting the use, carrying, and brandishing of a firearm during a crime of violence, and conspiracy to use, carry, and brandish a firearm during a crime of violence.  The verdict was returned yesterday following about two hours of jury deliberations.

 

The evidence at trial showed that Jackson moved to Muscatine, Iowa, during the summer of 2016 along with his co-defendant, Jason Centeno.  While in Iowa, Jackson and Centeno reach an agreement to rob the Citizens State Bank in Hopkinton, Iowa.  Prior to the robbery, Jackson obtained a .38 caliber revolver from an individual in Detroit, Michigan.  On the morning of October 21, 2016, Jackson and Centeno drove Jackson’s car from Muscatine to Hopkinton.  Centeno entered the bank brandishing the firearm, while Jackson carried a knife.  Both men jumped over the bank counter and demanded money from the two employees working at the time.  While Centeno collected money from one teller, Jackson forced the other teller to place her hands behind her back and restrained her using zip ties.  Jackson and Centeno had purchased the zip ties together the day before at the Wal-Mart in Muscatine. 

 

During the robbery, a third bank employee entered the bank.  Jackson also ordered him to place his hands behind his bank and secured his hands with zip ties.  Jackson and Centeno left the bank, taking approximately $8,000, and then returned to Muscatine.  Jackson and Centeno the fled from Iowa, first to Younkers, New York, and later to Florida where they were eventually arrested by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.   

 

Sentencing before Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Jackson remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Jackson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, $400 in special assessments, and 20 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

 

On September 14, 2017, Centeno pled guilty to armed bank robbery and using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.  Sentencing before Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Centeno remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Centeno faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, $200 in special assessments, and 10 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lisa C. Williams and Jacob Schunk and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office, the Muscatine Police Department, the Manchester Police Department, the Yonkers Police Department, and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 16-cr-2057.

 

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Updated October 18, 2017