Virginia Man Sentenced for Bank Robberies

Spree included hold-ups in Mechanicsville, Hanover and Henrico

July 19, 2018 - 4:19 pm

RICHMOND, Va. (wrva.com) – A Virginia Beach man is sentenced to 20 years in prison for multiple bank robberies committed throughout Virginia and North Carolina. 

According to court documents, Russell T. Carter, 50, committed 11 bank robberies and one attempted bank robbery beginning in March 2016 and continuing until November 2017. In almost all of the robberies, Carter would enter the bank and display a note to the teller that stated he had a firearm and demanded money. Carter robbed Union Bank and Trust branches located in Fredericksburg, Mechanicsville, and two branches in Henrico. He also robbed BB&T branches located in Hanover and Mechanicsville, and Wells Fargo branches located in Henrico and Durham, North Carolina. Carter also robbed a Citizens and Farmers Bank branch located in Mechanicsville, and a Cardinal Bank branch and PNC Bank branch, both located in Stafford.

In addition to the prison sentence, Carter was ordered to pay approximately $24,000 in restitution.  In sentencing the defendant, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Gibney Jr., granted the government’s motion for upward variance and sentenced Carter to 20 years, which was above the advisory guidelines of 10 to 12 years. 

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Adam S. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney, Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter S. Duffey prosecuted the case.

This case was investigated by FBI Richmond’s Central Virginia Violent Crime Task Force.