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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Williams
Citation:841 F.3d 656 (4th Cir. 2016)
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Defendant entered a bank’s exterior doors wearing gloves and covering his face with a hood. Before he could enter the interior doors, they were locked because a teller thought she recognized him from previous bank robberies. The teller asked him if he had an account there, and he replied that he did but forgot his account number. She then instructed him to use the drive through window instead. Defendant left the bank. The police were notified about the defendant and given vehicle information, and was later found. He admitted that he needed money and was just casing the bank explaining that he did not have a gun or a note; he was just going to ask the teller to put the money in the bag. Defendant plead guilty to bank robbery.
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