Criminal Justice News

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Winter Haven Bank Robber Sentenced to More Than Three Years

TAMPA—U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven yesterday sentenced Aldofis Gibbs (55, Winter Haven) to 46 months in federal prison for robbing a Wells Fargo branch in Winter Haven on two occasions in fall 2011. The court also ordered Gibbs to forfeit $2,719, which represented the proceeds of the offenses. As part of Gibbs’ sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $2,719, payable to Wells Fargo, as restitution. Gibbs pled guilty on January 19, 2012.

According to court documents, on September 6, 2011, Gibbs entered the Wells Fargo branch at 203 Avenue A N.W. in Winter Haven and used a note to demand money from the teller. Gibbs obtained $1,979 in cash and fled the bank. On October 12, 2011, he returned to the same branch and used another note to demand money from the teller. Gibbs told the teller that he possessed a gun. During the second robbery, he obtained $740 in cash and fled the bank. Gibbs was apprehended the following day and confessed to committing both robberies.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Winter Haven Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys James Muench and Joseph Swanson.

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