North Carolina man sentenced to 12 years in prison, more than $58,000 in restitution for bank robberies

Published 4:43 pm Sunday, February 13, 2022

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A Jacksonville man was sentenced Friday, February 4, 2022 to 144 months in prison for bank robbery and brandishing a handgun during a robbery and was ordered to pay $58,333.00 in restitution, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina.

Michael Donell Moore, 29, pleaded guilty to the charges on August 10, 2021.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Moore robbed two banks during May 2019. “On May 8, 2019, Moore entered the First Citizens Bank in Wilson, North Carolina, wearing a hoodie, surgical mask, and latex gloves,” stated the release. “Moore handed the bank teller a note demanding money and threatened to kill everyone in the bank. Moore also pointed a handgun at the bank teller. Moore was able to take $29,607 from the bank.”

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According to the release, Moore robbed the CresCom bank in Chocowinity, North Carolina on May 28, 2019. “Moore entered the bank wearing a hazmat suit, sunglasses, and a surgical mask,” stated the release. “Moore approached the bank teller and handed her a note. The note stated Moore had a bomb and the bank teller had one minute to let Moore into the bank vault. Moore was also holding a silver revolver in his right hand. Moore was able to leave the bank with $28,726.”

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Wilson Police Department, Chocowinity Police Department and Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parris prosecuted.