3 men sentenced to federal prison for Rockingham bank robbery

By William R. Toler - wtoler@civitasmedia.com




ROCKINGHAM — Three men were sentenced in federal court Thursday for the Oct. 4, 2016 robbery of Fidelity Bank.

According to Cliff Barrett, with the U.S. Department of Justice, Benjamin James Mooneyhan received 68 months for the robbery.

Alexander Robeck Martin received 55 months for the robbery, plus 18 months consecutive on an unrelated supervised release violation and Jesse Lee Hood received 70 months robbery, plus 24 months consecutive on an unrelated supervised release violation, Barrett said.

According to Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly, a lone man walked into Fidelity Bank on East Broad Street around 11:30 a.m. Oct. 4 and demanded money from a teller.

Kelly said the man suggested he had a weapon, but one was never displayed. He added that no one was injured in the robbery.

He then left the bank with a then-undisclosed amount of cash and left in a sliver Dodge Stratus, the chief said.

Two suspects were caught in Scotland County near the Pizza Hut on U.S. 15-401 in Laurinburg.

Another ran and was later apprehended after a 90-minute search of the woods between the restaurant and McKenzie Supply.

This isn’t Mooneyhan’s first federal conviction.

He was indicted in 2010 for robbing two banks — and attempting to rob another — in Ohio.

The first of a three-count indictment, announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, charged that Mooneyhan, of Selma, presented a note to the teller of the Huntington Bank in Canton, Ohio on April 28, 2010.

At that time, he was 19 years old.

Prosecutors said the teller complied with the demand note and Mooneyhan left the bank with $750.

On May 11 that year, he again presented a note demanding money at the First Merit Bank, also in Canton, but a bank employee told him the teller’s drawer had no money — so he grabbed the note and left empty-handed.

Later that day, he went to the Consumers National Bank in Louisville, Ohio — east of Canton — handed over the note and fled with $1,924.

According to federal court documents, Mooneyhand pleaded guilty to all three counts and was sentenced to 4 years and three months to be served concurrently.

The judge recommended he be housed at a facility near his home either in North Carolina or South Carolina, receive credit for time served, undergo a mental health evaluation and be placed in an intensive substance abuse treatment program.

Mooneyhan was also given three years of supervised release and barred from owning a firearm or any other dangerous weapon during that time.

Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_toler.




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