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Rome Credit Union Robber Sentenced

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Thirty Year Sentence for August 2013 Armed Robbery

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Robert "Bobby" Hendricks, 56, of Utica, was sentenced yesterday to 360 months imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a special assessment of $200 and restitution of $24,400 to Access Federal Credit Union, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Vale. Robert Hendricks was found guilty of Credit Union Robbery and using a firearm during the robbery of the Access Federal Credit Union in Rome, NY.

The evidence at trial showed that on August 19, 2013 Shakeal Hendricks entered the credit union using a cell phone to communicate with Robert "Bobby" Hendricks and Taiquan Howard. Shortly thereafter, Robert Hendricks and Taiquan Howard entered the credit union brandishing handguns and threatening bank tellers at gunpoint. Approximately $24,400 was taken during the robbery. The defendants were convicted following an investigation that included images from the credit union surveillance system being released through the news media to assist in their identification.

Shakeal Hendricks pled guilty to robbery and aiding and abetting the use of firearms and was sentenced to 99 months imprisonment, five years of supervised release and ordered to make restitution of $24,400. Taiquan Howard pled guilty to similar charges and was sentenced to 125 months imprisonment, five years supervised release and restitution of $24,400.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the City of Rome Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Edward R. Broton.

Updated July 27, 2015