Kentucky man gets 15 years in federal prison for bank robberies, including one in Johnson City.

Johnson City Press • Updated Sep 12, 2019 at 6:29 PM

A Kentucky man who robbed a Johnson City bank in January was sentenced to 15 years and six months in prison for a string of holdups across the country.

Jason Lee Robinson, 40, of Pikesville, Kentucky, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno, after previously pleading guilty to committing a string of bank robberies across the country. Robinson had six cases charging him with the robberies.

According to court documents, Robinson’s bank robbery spree began in South Florida on December 28, 2018, roughly one month after he was released from federal prison following a 2013 conviction for bank robbery.

  • On December 28, 2018, Robinson robbed a Capital Bank in Aventura, Florida of approximately $1,900.
  • On January 2, 2019, he robbed a SunTrust Bank in Arden, North Carolina of approximately $3,040.
  • On January 4, 2019, he robbed a Mountain Commerce Bank in Johnson City, Tennessee of approximately $4,300.
  • On January 8, 2019, he robbed a U.S. Bank in Mount Juliet, Tennessee of approximately $3,990.
  • On January 10, 2019, he robbed a Trustmark Bank in Prattville, Alabama of approximately $6,560.
  • On January 14, 2019, he robbed a Fifth Third Bank in Mount Vernon, Illinois of approximately $1,950.
  • On January 17, 2019, he robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Price Branch, Utah of approximately $2,269.

In the Johnson City robbery, witnesses said the man later identified as Robinson walked into Mountain Commerce Bank, 3122 Bristol Highway, at 3 p.m. and demanded money from a bank employee. He was wearing a black ball cap, a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans, athletic shoes and glasses. Witnesses last saw him running south from the bank through a neighboring parking lot.

U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of the FBI in this matter. She thanked the FBI’s Field Offices in Charlotte, North Carolina; Knoxville, Tennessee; Memphis, Tennessee; Mobile, Alabama; Springfield, Illinois; Salt Lake City, Utah; Denver, Colorado and Louisville, Kentucky, for their assistance. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa H. Miller and Michael B. Homer in the Southern District of Florida.






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