Paterson Man Sentenced To 151 Months In Prison For Robbing Two Passaic County Banks
NEWARK, N.J. – A Paterson, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 151 months in prison for robbing a TD Bank in Paterson in June 2017 and an Investors Bank in Clifton, New Jersey, in July 2017, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
James M. Chestnut, 63, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls to an information charging him with two counts of bank robbery. Judge Walls imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On June 30, 2017, Chestnut entered a TD Bank in Paterson and handed a teller a note stating “Put 100s and 50s in the envelope. No dye pack.”
On July 5, 2017, Chestnut entered an Investors Bank in Clifton and approached a teller, this time brandishing what appeared to be a firearm. He told the teller to “Open your drawer. Give me your money. All the 100s. Don’t call the cops or I’ll shoot you.”
During the plea, Chestnut also admitted attempting to rob a Chase Bank in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, on July 3, 2017.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Walls sentenced Chestnut to three years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Paterson Police Department, under the direction of Director Jerry Speziale; the Saddle Brook Police Department, under the direction of Chief Robert Kugler; the Clifton Police Department, under the direction of Chief Mark Centurione; and the Passaic Police Department, under the direction of Chief Luis A. Guzman, for their assistance.
In addition, the investigation was aided by the FBI Violent Crime Task Force, which is comprised of law enforcement personnel from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Roxbury Police Department, the Paterson Police Department, and the N.J. State Police.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elaine K. Lou and Heather Suchorsky of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: Patrick McMahon Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark