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PROVIDENCE â€“ Two defendants responsible for a series of â€śnote-jobâ€ť bank heists in the Blackstone Valley have been sentenced to federal prison for committing a combined total of five robberies, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced.
Shirley A. Green, 48, of Lincoln, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 48 months in federal prison for committing three robberies in two months in 2009.
On Friday, Andrew Shepard, 30, of Warwick, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for two similarly weaponless robberies within a span of seven days in July 2010.
"As I have said before, whether you show a weapon, pass a note to a teller or utter words to the effect that you are robbing a bank, you threaten the safety of everyone around you and cause a great deal of emotional harm,â€ť Neronha said in a statement. â€śIt won't be tolerated.â€ť
Federal prosecutors told the court Green robbed the Navigant Credit Union branch in Lincoln of $2,970 in October 2009; the Pawtucket Credit Union in Pawtucket of $1,470 in November 2009; and the North Easton Savings Bank branch in Mansfield, Mass., of $2,730 in December 2009.
Shepard robbed the Citizens Bank branch at Stop & Shop on Mendon Road in Cumberland on July 3, 2010, of $991, and the Citizens Bank branch at the Lincoln Mall on July 10, 2010, of $3,026.
In addition to serving prison time, both suspects were ordered to make full restitution to the banks.
The robberies were investigated by the FBI and local police in Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket and Mansfield, Mass.