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Friday, September 9, 2016

Syracuse Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery Charges

He Admits Robbing the Same Bank Twice in Five Days

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – James Chisholm, 26, of Syracuse, New York, pled guilty yesterday to two counts of bank robbery. 

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

As part of his guilty plea, Chisholm admitted that on March 12, 2016, and again on March 16, 2016, he entered the Chase Bank branch at 801 James Street in Syracuse, New York, where he passed a note to a teller demanding money, which he received.  Chisholm admitted that on March 12, 2016 he took approximately $489 from the bank, and on March 16, 2016, he took approximately $2,753. 

On each count of conviction, Chisholm faces up to twenty (20) years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a three (3) year term of supervised release after imprisonment.  Sentencing is scheduled for January 9, 2017 before Senior U.S. District Judge Norman A. Mordue.  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 is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert S. Levine.

Violent Crime
Updated September 12, 2016