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Two-Time Bank Robber Sentenced for Robbing Narragansett Bank

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – William H. Dority, 56, of South Kingstown, was sentenced on Wednesday to time served plus seven days for robbing a Narragansett bank of $4,635 in November 2017. Dority has been detained since his arrest on November 28, 2017.

At sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., also ordered Dority to serve 2 years supervised release upon completion of his term of incarceration. Dority pleaded guilty on April 2, 2018, to a charge of bank robbery.

The U.S. Sentencing Guideline imprisonment range in this matter is 37- 46 months. As stipulated in a plea agreement filed with the court, both the government and the defense recommended the court impose a sentence of 37 months incarceration.

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.

According to court records, Dority was convicted of bank robbery by force in May 1993 in Virginia, and sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison, 30 years suspended with probation. Dority was on probation at the time of his arrest for robbing the Centerville Bank branch office in Narragansett.

Dority’s sentence is announced by United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, Narragansett Police Chief Sean Corrigan, and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Harold H. Shaw.

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



Jim Martin
(401) 709-5357

Updated July 12, 2018

Press Release Number: 18-87