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Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Delmar Bank Robbery

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jesse Clarence Odum, age 35, of Pensacola, Florida, pled guilty today to an indictment charging him with robbing a Pioneer Bank branch.

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Chief Gina F. Cocchiara of the Bethlehem Police Department (BPD).

As part of his guilty plea, Odum admitted that on May 2, 2015, he entered the Pioneer Bank branch located at 184 Delaware Avenue in Delmar, New York, stopped at a counter, wrote a note, and approached a teller.  Odum then passed the teller the note, which instructed her to be silent and give him $10,000.  The teller partially complied, and Odum fled the bank with $5,000 in cash.

Odum was subsequently arrested on May 26, 2015, by BPD officers, in the vicinity of the same Pioneer Bank branch. 

Odum faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 3 years when he is sentenced by United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino on February 4, 2022.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Bethlehem Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon.

Updated October 7, 2021

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