Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 12, 2016
Repeat Bank Robber Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison
Robbed Three Banks in Eight Days, While on Supervised Release for Previous Bank Robbery Conviction
Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz, sentenced Tony Linn Smith, age 56, of Silver Spring, Maryland, today to seven years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, immediately after Smith entered his guilty plea to bank robbery. Judge Motz also entered a forfeiture order requiring Smith to pay a money judgment in the amount of $4,775.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Captain Paul “Joey” Kifer, Acting Chief of the Hagerstown Police Department.
According to his plea agreement, Smith committed three bank robberies between July 17 and July 25, 2015. In each robbery Smith entered the bank, presented the teller with a note demanding money and stating that he had a gun. Specifically, Smith robbed the M&T Bank on North Potomac Street in Hagerstown, Maryland on July 17th; the Sun Trust Bank located at 8700 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland on July 23rd; and the M&T Bank at 51 W. Edmonston Drive in Rockville, Maryland on July 25th. Smith stole a total of $5,100 from the three robberies.
In December 2001, Smith pleaded guilty to bank robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. After serving his prison term in federal custody, Smith served approximately eight years in state custody in connection with a Virginia bank robbery. Smith was released from state custody on June 30, 2014 and was required to be on federal supervised release until June 29, 2017. As a result, Smith was on supervised release at the time of the bank robberies described above.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the FBI, Montgomery County Police Department, and Hagerstown Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas A. Mitchell, who prosecuted the case.