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

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Indiana Man Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Muscatine Bank Robbery

DAVENPORT, IA- On June 16, 2016, Thomas Alexander Davis III, age 40, of Indiana, was sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to life imprisonment for bank robbery announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. A jury found Davis guilty of this offense on February 11, 2016. Davis had been previously convicted in 1995 of armed bank robbery in the Southern District of Indiana, and robbery with a deadly weapon in Hancock, Indiana. At sentencing the government presented evidence, including certified records and testimony from a FBI Special Agent, an Indiana Deputy U.S. Marshal, a FBI-Biometrics Division Certified Ten Print Examiner, and the Chief of Police from Greenfield, Indiana, to identify Davis as the same person who committed these prior two offenses. Because these two prior robbery convictions qualified as "serious violent felonies" under a federal sentencing statute, this third conviction for robbery of the US Bank mandated life imprisonment. Davis was also ordered to serve five years on supervised release, pay restitution, and a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund.

The evidence at trial in this case showed that on November 28, 2012, Davis entered the US Bank in Muscatine. Davis presented the teller with a black bag with an Angry Birds cartoon, demanded money, and displayed a handgun. A bank customer was also present at the teller counter during the robbery. The teller placed US Bank cash in the bag. Davis fled the bank and escaped in a black Cadillac driven by Stacey Fincher, also of Indiana. Davis and Fincher drove back to Indiana. Davis was arrested on February 12, 2015, in Indiana. On April 8, 2016, Stacey Fincher was sentenced to a deferred judgment in Muscatine County District Court after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit a forcible felony.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Muscatine Police Department, and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Topic: 
Violent Crime
Updated June 16, 2016