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Milford Man Sentenced to 82 Months for Bank Robbery

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

            CONCORD - Seamus Murphy, 38, formerly of Milford, was sentenced to 82 months for bank robbery, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

             According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 8, 2020, Murphy entered the People’s United Bank in Derry and gave a note to the teller, indicating he had a gun and demanding money. The teller gave him $712 from the drawer. Police arrived on scene and saw Murphy running toward a nearby fast food store where they encountered him and recovered the $712. Murphy was on federal supervised release at the time of the robbery.

            Murphy previously pleaded guilty on October 6, 2020.   

            “Bank robberies are serious violent crimes that can jeopardize public safety and traumatize victims,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “I am grateful for the fast response of the Derry Police Department and the hard work of the FBI.  Their efforts allowed us to protect the public and get this dangerous criminal off the streets.”

            "This is not Seamus Murphy’s first robbery. When given a chance at rehabilitation, to do better and be better, he chose recidivism instead, and terrorized employees of a second bank by threatening to start shooting if his demands weren’t met,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “New Hampshire is safer with him behind bars, and we thank our law enforcement partners on the Derry Police Department for helping us hold this reckless criminal accountable.”

             This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Derry Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Georgiana L. MacDonald.


Updated January 14, 2021

Press Release Number: 21-007