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Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery Conspiracy

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Brian Tierney a.k.a “Wodanaz,” age 30, of Lynchburg, Virginia, pled guilty today to conspiring to commit bank robbery. United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Craig L. Tremaroli, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), made the announcement.

Tierney admitted that between November 14 and November 27, 2022, he agreed to and planned to commit an armed bank robbery at a branch in Johnstown, New York, with two co-conspirators, Michael Brown, Jr. a.k.a. “Russ,” and Luke Kenna a.k.a. “Lt.” As part of that conspiracy, Kenna conducted surveillance of the bank and purchased items, including weapons, to commit the robbery; Tierney ordered handgun parts for use in the robbery and sent photographs of a handgun and a radio scanning and jamming device for use in robbing the bank to Kenna; and Brown drove to New York to conduct surveillance of the bank with Kenna.

Brown pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery on June 23, 2023. Kenna pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery and possession of a firearm as a prohibited person on August 17, 2023. Kenna and Brown are both scheduled to be sentenced on June 14, 2024.

Sentencing for Tierney is scheduled for August 16, 2024, before Chief United States District Judge Brenda K. Sannes, when Tierney faces a maximum term of 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a post-imprisonment term of supervised release of up to 3 years. 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.

The FBI Albany Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), which includes FBI Special Agents, and federal, state, and local investigators, including from the New York State Police, investigated the case. The FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office, the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, and the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit also provided assistance. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Wentworth-Ping is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 16, 2024

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