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Halifax man sentenced to 20 years for bank robbery

SoVaNow.com / November 18, 2019

A Halifax man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for an August 2018 armed robbery of American National Bank in Centerville.

Jeremy Lamar Anderson, 30, of Love Shop Road was previously found guilty of four charges — armed robbery of a bank, resisting arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer and indecent exposure — and sentenced Friday in Halifax County Circuit Court.

Circuit Judge Kim S. White handed down a 50-year prison sentence on the armed robbery charge and suspended 30 years of that time, leaving Anderson with 20 years to serve behind bars. Judge White also added a six-month mandatory jail term for assault against a law enforcement officer.

His total jail sentence was 57 years on all four charges.

He was arrested by South Boston Police at his Love Shop home five days after the Aug. 27 robbery at American National. In that incident, Anderson walked into the bank lobby and gave a note to a teller demanding money. The note also included a threat to shoot bank employees if the teller did not comply.

“Give me all your money or I’ll shoot you in the face,” the note said, or words to that effect, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Martin.

After taking $2,214 in cash, Anderson left the scene while wearing a hoodie, green t-shirt and jeans. Surveillance camera video picked up images of the assailant, but did not show him holding a gun.

Previously, the Commonwealth agreed to drop a firearms charge against Anderson, but Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Martin argued for a 20-year sentence on the armed robbery charge, which is on the high end of state sentencing guidelines. Martin said the defendant’s criminal history justified the longer sentence.

On Friday, Judge White agreed with Martin’s recommendation. In addition to his active jail term of 20 years and six months, Anderson was ordered to make restitution of $2,214 to American National Bank.

Upon his release from prison, he will be required to serve indefinite probation and remain on good behavior for 50 years.

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