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Published On: Thu, Oct 4th, 2018

Marquis Buckley sentenced to over 15 years in prison for three armed bank robberies, using a fake bomb

 A Georgia man was sentenced today to over 15 years in prison for armed robbery of two banks and one credit union.

According to court documents, Marquis Larosa Buckley, 41, of Townsend, conducted an armed robbery of a Fulton Bank and a PNC Bank, both located in Virginia Beach. At the Fulton Bank, Buckley stole $973, and at the PNC Bank he stole $8404. During the PNC Bank robbery a teller secreted a GPS device within the money given to Buckley. The device allowed law enforcement to locate Buckley and his co-conspirator as they were driving away from the robbery. Buckley also conducted an armed robbery of SPE Federal Credit Union in State College, Pennsylvania, wherein they netted $7,177. During each of these robberies, Buckley used a fake bomb in addition to a firearm to enhance his threats and to serve as a diversion for law enforcement while he made his escape.

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G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Martin Culbreth, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith. Assistant U.S. Attorney William D. Muhr prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:18-cr-2.

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