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Monday, September 11, 2017

Essex County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To 173 Months In Prison For Summer 2016 Bank Robbery Spree

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 173 months in prison for robbing four banks in August and September 2016 and for violating his supervised release from a previous offense, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

James Lockwood, 39, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas to an information charging him with four counts of bank robbery. He was sentenced to 125 months in prison on the bank robbery counts, as well as an additional 48 months for violating supervised release. He was originally arrested by state authorities on Sept. 23, 2016, and has been in custody since that time. Judge Salas imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Lockwood robbed the following banks:




M & T Bank

Lyndhurst, New Jersey

Aug. 16, 2016

Schuyler Bank

Kearney, New Jersey

Aug. 25, 2016

Schuyler Bank

Kearney, New Jersey

Sept. 8, 2016

Capital One Bank

Clifton, New Jersey

Sept. 16, 2016

Lockwood admitted that during each of the above robberies, he threatened to use force while demanding money from the bank employees. He also robbed the same Schuyler Bank on Aug. 25, 2016, and Sept. 8, 2016.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Salas sentenced Lockwood to three years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Kearny and Clifton Police Departments for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sammi Malek of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

Defense counsel: Keith Hirschorn Esq., Hoboken, New Jersey

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Updated September 11, 2017