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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Rhode Island

Monday, April 2, 2018

South Kingstown Man Admits to Robbing Narragansett Bank

PROVIDENCE, RI – William H. Dority, 56, of South Kingstown, pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence today to robbing a Narragansett bank of more than $4,000 in November 2017.

Appearing before U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., Dority pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery, announced United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, Narragansett Police Chief Sean Corrigan, and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Harold H. Shaw.

According to information presented to the court, on November 28, 2017, Dority entered a Centerville Bank branch office in Narragansett, handing the teller a note demanding cash. As Dority fled, a panic alarm was sounded and a 911 call from another employee resulted in a rapid response by members of the Narragansett Police Department. An alert Department of Environmental Management K-9 (“Bear”), brought in to assist Narraganset Police in the search for the robber, located Dority hiding in a shed not far from the bank about 30 minutes later.

At the time of Dority’s arrest, police recovered $4,615 from the shed. He has been detained since his arrest.

Dority is scheduled to be sentenced on June 19, 2018. Bank robbery is punishable by statutory penalties of up to 20 years in federal prison followed by up to 3 years supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose.


Jim Martin (401) 490-1092
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Updated April 2, 2018