Fitzgerald man handed federal court sentence, two found illegally in southwest Georgia

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ALBANY – A man who robbed a Tifton bank in 2018, telling the bank clerk he was in possession of a bomb, has been sentenced to federal prison without parole for his crime, acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Peter D. Leary said.

Randy Angelo Hill, 35, of Tifton, was sentenced to serve 72 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Louis Sands. Hill previously pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. There is no parole in the federal system.

“The penalty is federal prison time for individuals who choose to commit violent acts of crime that terrorize our citizens,” Leary said in a news release. “I want to thank our law enforcement partners at the federal and local levels who worked seamlessly to quickly arrest the defendant and restore peace to the Tifton community.”

“Innocent citizens terrorized by acts like this never fully recover from the trauma it causes,” Chris Hacker, the special agent in charge of FBI Atlanta, said. “The best we can do for them is to make sure the individuals who cause the trauma are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. That was only possible in this case because of our partnerships and the quick reaction of the Tifton Police Department and the Tift County Sheriff Office.”

According to the facts Hill admitted under oath while in court, he robbed the South Georgia Banking Company located at 725 West Second St. on Oct. 2, 2018. Undisguised, Hill dropped a plastic bag over the teller counter and told an employee, “This is a robbery. I have a bomb. Put money in the bag. I will blow everybody up here.” Hill fled on foot with stolen cash and was apprehended by Tifton Police that day.

This case was investigated by the FBI, the Tifton Police Department and the Tift County Sheriff’s Office. Criminal Division Chief Michael Solis is prosecuting the case for the government.

This article originally ran on albanyherald.com.

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