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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 29, 2022

Pennsylvania man admits to bank robbery

Accomplice admits to hiding proceeds

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – William J. Birdsall, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and Elizabeth Jacqueline Havens, of Boones Mill, Virginia, have admitted to their involvement in a bank robbery, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Birdsall, 50, pleading guilty today to one count of “Bank Robbery.” Birdsall admitted to robbing the Bank of Romney in Hampshire County on September 22, 2021, taking $13,420 in cash.

Havens, 55, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Disposal of Proceeds Stolen from Bank.” Havens admitted to receiving the proceeds from Birdsall’s bank robbery with the intent of hiding it.

 

Birdsall is facing up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Havens is facing up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberley D. Crockett is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The FBI investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated August 29, 2022