LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Las Vegas felon was sentenced Thursday to 10 years and one month in prison for robbing two banks at gunpoint on the same day in April 2018, stealing approximately $22,000.
According to court documents, on April 17, 2018, Robert Carl Litheredge, 61, entered a bank in Henderson wearing a ski mask and carrying a semi-automatic handgun. Litheredge commanded the bank customers and employees to get down on the floor as he waved the handgun in the air. He pointed the handgun at a bank employee and demanded money. Litheredge left the bank with the stolen money.
Several hours later, Litheredge — again wearing a ski mask and carrying a semi-automatic handgun — entered a different bank in Las Vegas and demanded money. He fired one round from his handgun into the ceiling. Before fleeing the bank with the stolen money, Litheredge also fired another round into the ceiling.
Litheredge was arrested the following day in a local casino, in possession of a semi-automatic handgun and cash. During a post-arrest interview with detectives from the Henderson Police Department and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Litheredge admitted to robbing both banks.
Litheredge pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery and one count of use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. He has eight prior felony convictions, including two bank robbery convictions from 2001 and 2007. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Richard F. Boulware II sentenced Litheredge to five years of supervised release.
Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI made the announcement.
This case was investigated by the FBI, Henderson Police Department, and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre prosecuted the case.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide program by the Department of Justice that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, the Department announced the reinvigoration of PSN. For more information about PSN, visit www.justice.gov/usao-nv.
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