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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bronx Man Sentenced To 16 Terms Of Life In Prison For Armed Robberies Of Seven Banks And A Restaurant In Bronx, Westchester, And Putnam Counties

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that KARRIEM BARROW was sentenced today in White Plains federal court to 16 terms of life in prison plus two terms of 20 years in prison in connection with his participation in a series of armed robberies that included seven banks and a restaurant in Bronx, Westchester, and Putnam counties over a two-month period. BARROW was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Karas, who presided over the nine-day jury trial that resulted in BARROW’S conviction in November 2011.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Today’s sentence sends a strong and clear message that our federal and local partners will work together to ensure that those who endanger the lives of our citizens through brazen acts of violence will be met with severe punishment.”

According to the Complaint, Indictment, and evidence presented at trial:

In January 2010, BARROW and his accomplice Carl Farrington robbed the Golden China restaurant located at 881 E. Gun Hill Road in the Bronx, New York, at gunpoint. BARROW and Farrington subsequently participated in a series of armed bank robberies, robbing seven banks (see below).

BARROW was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, one count of armed robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery, seven counts of armed bank robbery and eight counts of using, carrying, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York State Police, and the police departments of Westchester County, White Plains, Bronxville, Briarcliff, Greenburgh, and Carmel.

This case is being handled by the Office's White Plains Division. Assistant United States Attorneys Douglas B. Bloom and Parvin Moyne are in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated May 15, 2015