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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Santa Fe Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Armed Bank Robbery Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Jacob P. Wheeler, 25, of Santa Fe, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 46 months in prison for his armed bank robbery conviction.  Wheeler will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Wheeler was arrested on May 26, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing the Century Bank branch located at 498 N. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe, on May 15, 2015.  Wheeler robbed the bank by pointing a gun at the bank teller, demanding money, and climbing up onto the teller’s counter to grab money from a cash drawer.  Wheeler became the target of investigation later that day after the FBI received a tip identifying Wheeler as the bank robber.

Wheeler was subsequently indicted on June 24, 2015, and charged with armed bank robbery.

On March 7, 2016, Wheeler pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that he robbed the Century Bank branch in Santa Fe on May 15, 2015.  Wheeler also admitted using  a dangerous weapon to commit the robbery.    

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Santa Fe Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman Cairns. 

Updated September 27, 2016