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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 6, 2023

Buffalo Man Going To Prison For Bank Robbery

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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Anthony Wilson, 35, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of aggravated bank robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, was sentenced to serve 66 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who handled the case, stated that on the morning of October 26, 2017, Wilson and co-defendants Adrian D. Applewhite and Khalil Holland, traveled to Angola, NY to rob the Lakeshore Federal Credit Union on Erie Road. Defendant Holland entered the Lakeshore Federal Credit Union wearing a mask and brandishing a semi-automatic pistol given to him by Wilson, while Wilson waited in a car nearby. Holland approached the teller and demanded money; however, the alarm was activated, and Holland left without taking any money. Holland fled on foot and was arrested shortly thereafter. During the pursuit, Holland discarded the pistol. 

Defendant Applewhite was previously convicted in federal court and is awaiting sentencing. Defendant Holland was previously convicted and sentenced in New York State Court.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eugene Staniszewski; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Michael Stansbury; the Lackawanna Police Department, under the direction of Chief Mark Packard; the Evans Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gregory J. Szarowicz; and the Tonawanda Police Department, under the direction of Chief James P. Stauffiger. Additional assistance was provided by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. 

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Updated January 9, 2023