SAN FRANCISCO – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan announced that on Thursday, March 2, 2006, Shaun Roberts was convicted of two counts of armed bank robbery and two counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence by a federal jury. The jury, after deliberating for a day and a half, found that Mr. Roberts had committed armed robberies of the Bank of America located at 2200 Chestnut Street, and the Wells Fargo Bank located at 2100 Fillmore Street, both in San Francisco. The guilty verdict followed a four-day jury trial before U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White. This conviction is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the San Francisco Police Department.
Evidence at trial showed that Mr. Roberts, 28, of San Francisco, had pointed a loaded silver revolver at tellers while robbing both banks. The jury also found that the United States was entitled to forfeit a 1992 Cadillac Seville, which prosecutors had alleged was derived from proceeds of the June 22, 2005, Wells Fargo Bank robbery.
Mr. Roberts was initially apprehended after the August 1, 2005, Bank of America robbery, as law enforcement officers were able to track him by following signals from an electronic tracking device the teller had placed in the stolen money. Mr. Roberts led several officers from the San Francisco Police Department on a high-speed car and foot chase as he attempted to make his getaway. Mr. Roberts obtained nearly $12,000 from the Wells Fargo robbery, which will be forfeited, and over $4,000 from the Bank of America robbery, which was recovered during the getaway chase.
Mr. Roberts is currently in federal custody. His sentencing is scheduled for May 18, 2006 before Judge Jeffrey S. White in San Francisco. The maximum statutory penalty for each of the two counts of armed bank robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(a)&(d) is 25 years. Mr. Roberts also faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years for the two convictions for violating 18 U.S.C. § 924(c), using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. However, any sentence following these convictions would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
Tracie L. Brown and Audra S. Ibarra are the Assistant U.S. Attorneys who are prosecuting the case with the assistance of Ana Guerra, Ponly Tu, and Orisme Carminati.
The prosecution is the result of an 8-month investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the San Francisco Police Department.