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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Vermont

Monday, May 18, 2015

Erik Weinmann Sentenced To 21 Months For Robbery Of Merchants Bank In Colchester

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Erik Weinmann, 31, of Newport, Vermont was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for robbing a Merchants Bank in Colchester, Vermont in July 2014.  U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III also ordered that Weinmann receive a two-year period of supervised release following the term of imprisonment.  The Court ordered Weinmann to surrender to serve his sentence on June 23, 2015.

According to court records, on July 25, 2014, Weinmann entered the Merchants Bank on Bessette Drive in Colchester and gave a demand note to a bank teller.  The note indicated that the robber had a gun and demanded money.  The bank teller gave Weinmann $4,770 in cash and he left the bank.  The Colchester Police Department apprehended Weinmann minutes later at the nearby Visiting Nurse Association.  At the time of his arrest, Weinmann was in possession of the cash and a toy gun.  Upon his arrest, Weinmann admitted to robbing the bank.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Colchester Police Department.  The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin J. Doyle.  Weinmann was represented by Michael L. Desautels, Esq., the Federal Defender for the District of Vermont. 

Updated June 22, 2015