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Bank robber sentenced to 7 and a half years in federal prison

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. announced that a federal judge has sentenced a Birmingham man to more than seven years in prison for three bank robberies in 2014.

Patrick Dexter Jones, age 49, pleaded guilty to the three bank robberies before U.S. District Court Judge Madeline H. Haikala. Jones admitted to robbing a Regions Bank branch on Inverness Center Drive in Hoover on Jan. 9, 2014, a BBVA Compass Bank branch on Shades Creek Parkway in Homewood on Jan. 21, 2014, and a Wells Fargo branch on Sixth Avenue South in Birmingham on Feb. 14, 2014. In the first two robberies, Jones presented notes demanding money. In the third, Jones presented two plastic bags and instructed the teller to put cash in the bags, according to his plea.

The robber of the Compass Bank in Homewood was seen fleeing the scene in a silver Honda Civic and a tag number was recorded. Investigators identified Jones as the owner of that car. He was arrested in 2014.

The resolution of the case was postponed by the call for a competency hearing, according to court records.

Judge Haikala imposed the seven-year, six-month sentence on Jones following his guilty plea.

The FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Felton prosecuted.

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