Queen City Bank Robber Sentenced To Federal Time
CONCORD, N.H. – Ricardo Mejia, a 25-year-old resident of Manchester, N.H. was sentenced today to 54 months in federal prison for robbing a Manchester bank branch last year, announced United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice. Mejia previously had pleaded guilty to one count of the federal crime of Bank Robbery.
In connection with his earlier guilty plea, Mejia acknowledged that, on September 4, 2015, he entered a branch of Northway Bank at 29 Cilley Road in Manchester and whispered to a bank teller, “Give me all 100s, 50s, 20s. I have a gun.” While he did not brandish a firearm during the incident, Mejia further admitted that he cautioned the teller, “Don’t give me any tainted money or I’ll come back and shoot you.” Mejia also acknowledged that, after the teller handed him a substantial amount of cash from her teller drawer, he fled.
United States Chief District Judge Joseph N. LaPlante imposed today’s sentence. In addition to ordering the term of incarceration, Chief Judge LaPlante ordered Mejia to serve three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term.
The case was investigated by the Manchester Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Morse.