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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

California Man Charged with Bank Robbery

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Palmdale, California, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Bank Robbery.

Terrell Maurice Brunston, age 36, was indicted on December 4, 2018.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on February 21, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 25 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on November 15, 2016, Brunston, aided and abetted by another person, took and attempted to take money belonging to the First National Bank, located in Sioux Falls, SD, a bank whose deposits were then insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and assaulted and put in jeopardy the life of another person by the use of a firearm.  

The charge is merely an accusation and Brunston is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.   

Brunston was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has been set for April 30, 2019.  

Updated February 26, 2019