Aiexpress – Jose Luis Martinez, a 33-year-old resident of Iowa, will be required to serve the full 94-month sentence that was agreed upon during the plea bargain. This is due to the fact that there is no possibility of parole in the federal prison system.
When Martinez stepped into the Bank of America branch on Park Plaza Drive on January 5, 2017, he was sporting glasses, an Everlast hoodie, and two wool caps, as disclosed by U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, Philip R. Sellinger.
According to the U.S. attorney, the suspect brandished a long-barreled gun and threatened to harm both the teller and other customers if the teller did not comply.
He quickly escaped with the money.
Martinez was indicted by a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Newark for armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a holdup.
Instead of taking the chance of going to trial, Martinez opted to plead guilty to the charges on September 13th last year.
U.S. District Judge William J. Martini handed down a prison sentence to Martinez, along with three years of supervised release. Additionally, Martinez was ordered to pay $31,000 in restitution.
Special agents of the FBI were credited by Sellinger for their investigation that led to the guilty plea and sentencing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Garrett Schuman of the General Crimes Unit in Newark secured the plea and sentencing.
He expressed gratitude to the FBI’s White Plains, NY office, as well as the NYPD and police departments in Greenwich, CT and Port Chester, NY, without providing details of their involvement.