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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

After Serving Federal Prison Sentence, Miami Bank Robber Returns to Old Ways

Miami, Florida – Yesterday, a federal district judge in Miami, Florida sentenced Leonard Williams to 81 months’ imprisonment for bank robbery (57 months) and for violating his supervised release on a 2010 bank robbery case (24 months). 

On November 30, 2021, Williams began a three-year term of supervised release following a 151-month sentence for robbing banks.  He left his residential reentry center to check in with his Probation Officer, but he never returned to the reentry center.  Instead, two days later, Williams robbed two more banks.  He entered Ocean Bank in downtown Miami and handed a bank teller a note demanding money, which read, “This is a bank robbery give me all cash 100 50 20 10 list don’t make it a [illegible writing.]”  The teller told Williams she did not have any money, and when she did not comply with his demand note, Williams pointed at the note, climbed over the bank teller’s counter into the teller area, and yelled that he wanted cash.  Williams then took a small, Ocean Bank zippered deposit bag containing blank checks, parking validations tickets, and a USB thumb drive before climbing back over the counter and exiting the bank with the Ocean Bank zippered bag.  About an hour later, Williams entered a Citibank—the same one he robbed in 2010—and used a demand note to rob $7,113 from two Citibank tellers.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and John J. Bernardo, Acting Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami, announced the sentence that U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. imposed.  

FBI Miami investigated the case, with assistance of City of Miami Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Egozi is prosecuting the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Michele Klco is handling asset forfeiture.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, under case numbers 10-cr-20843 and 22-cr-20015.

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Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Contact: 
Marlene Rodriguez Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney Public Affairs Officer USAFLS.News@usdoj.gov
Updated July 20, 2022