A federal judge Thursday sentenced two New York men who robbed the Citizens State Bank in Hopkinton to more than 10 years in federal prison.
Daniel Louis Jackson, 28, of Yonkers, New York, was convicted by a jury in October of armed bank robbery, conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery, aiding and abetting the use, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, and conspiracy to use, carry, and brandish a firearm during a crime of violence.
Jason Centeno, 22, also of Yonkers, pleaded guilty in September to armed bank robbery and using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Evidence at Jackson’s trial showed that he and Centeno moved to Muscatine during the summer of 2016. They planned to rob the Citizens State Bank, and before the robbery, Jackson obtained a .38 caliber revolver from an individual in Detroit, Mich.
Video evidence admitted at trial obtained from a cellphone showed both men using the firearm before the robbery. One video showed Centeno shooting at various residences from the passenger seat of a car driven by Jackson. Another video showed Jackson and Centeno shooting at what appeared to be an abandoned warehouse.
On Oct. 21, 2016, Jackson and Centeno drove to the bank and Centeno went inside with a firearm and Jackson carried a knife. Both men jumped over the bank counter and demanded money from the two employees. While Centeno collected money from one teller at gunpoint, Jackson forced the other teller to place her hands behind her back and restrained her using zip ties.
Evidence showed Jackson and Centeno had purchased the zip ties together the day before at the Wal-Mart in Muscatine.
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During the robbery, a third bank employee entered the bank and Jackson also ordered him to place his hands behind his bank and secured his hands with zip ties, testimony showed. Jackson and Centeno then left the bank with about $8,000, and returned to Muscatine.
The two men then went to Yonkers and later to Florida, where they were eventually arrested in Daytona Beach, Fla., after their vehicle got stuck on the beach.
U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard Strand, calling the crimes “egregious and violent,” sentenced Jackson to 180 months and Centeno was sentenced to 130 months. Jackson and Centeno also were each ordered to pay $8,225 in restitution to the bank. Both men must also serve three years of supervised release following their prison time.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Williams and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacob Schunk.
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