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Nashua Man Sentenced to Over Seven Years in Prison for Attempted Bank Robbery

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

CONCORD – A Nashua man was sentenced in federal court for attempting to rob Bank of America and East Hollis Variety in Nashua, U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young announces.

Shawn Soucy, 53, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Landya McCafferty to 89 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release.  On March 9, 2023, Soucy pleaded guilty to attempted bank robbery and interference with commerce by threats or violence.

“People who threaten others and attempt to steal from businesses in our communities will be held accountable and significantly punished for their crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office prioritizes working with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to keep our communities safe.  No one should have to go to work and have their safety and security jeopardized by another person.”

“Shawn Soucy is a dangerous criminal who threatened innocent victims, bank tellers and bystanders, during the commission of his violent crimes,” said Christopher DiMenna, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “This case should be a warning to others that if you commit a bank robbery or any other violent crime in New Hampshire, you will face serious consequences. The FBI’s Major Offender Task Force is committed to taking violent criminals off the street and stopping them from continuing to victimize others.”

On January 18, 2022, Soucy entered Bank of America and threatened to shoot the teller if that individual did not give him money.  He then went to East Hollis Variety, where he held his hand in the shape of a gun and demanded money from the clerk.  He did not take any money from either establishment.   

The Federal Bureau of Investigation led the investigation. Valuable assistance was provided by the Nashua Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather A. Cherniske and Anna Dronzek prosecuted the case.


Updated July 17, 2023

Press Release Number: 2023-108