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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 19, 2014

Jefferson County, Kentucky, Man Sentenced To 37 Years And 10 Months In Prison And Ordered To Pay Restitution For Multiple Robberies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Louisville man was sentenced on December 16, 2014, by Senior U.S. District Judge John G, Heyburn II, to serve 37 years and 10 months in prison for the robbery of a bank and a neighborhood business located in Jefferson County, Kentucky, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $120, 714.62 announced John E. Kuhn, Jr., Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.  There is no parole in the federal correctional system.

John R. Hatton, age 31, was found guilty by a federal jury in Louisville, on November 20, 2013, of robbing the East Pointe Branch of Your Community Bank on September 23, 2011, and of robbing the M & I Smoke Shop, located on Preston Highway, in Louisville, Kentucky on October 26, 2011.  Evidence at trial established that Mr. Hatton and an accomplice, Jillian Wojciechowski, entered the Your Community Bank branch wearing masks and armed with pistols.  Once inside, Mr. Hatton and Ms. Wojciechowski held the bank employees at gunpoint and took $120, 714.62 in cash from the bank.  At the time of the robbery, the bank’s deposits were insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

During the robbery of the M & I Smoke Shop, Mr. Hatton entered the business alone and demanded cash from the store owner at gunpoint.  After Mr. Hatton had taken a small amount of cash, the store owner took Mr. Hatton’s pistol away from him and shot Mr. Hatton as Mr. Hatton was trying to escape from the store.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas W. Dyke and Stephanie Zimdahl, and was investigated by Louisville Metro Police Department Robbery Unit.

Updated December 19, 2014