An Abilene man was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison Thursday morning for robbing a south side bank.
U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings sentenced 28-year-old Jacob Alan Powell to 188 months in prison for the July 8 aggravated bank robbery of Citibank located on South 14th Street. He pleaded guilty to the charge in August.
According to court documents, Powell entered the bank wearing business clothing and a Hardin-Simmons University baseball hat and displayed a gun hidden in his waistband to the teller when she eventually asked for his account number. Authorities said the teller put cash inside Powell’s bag and he quickly left. He was later identified through surveillance photographs aired on local news media.
Below is the full press release from U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña's office within the Department of Justice:
"Jacob Alan Powell, 28, of Abilene, Texas, was sentenced this morning, by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings, to 188 months in federal prison for committing the July 8, 2013, aggravated bank robbery of a Citibank location in Abilene. The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to documents filed in the case, on July 8, 2013, Powell, wearing business attire and a Hardin-Simmons University baseball cap, entered the Citibank, N.A., located at 3409 South 14th Street in Abilene. He waited several minutes before an available teller asked him to her station. Once at the teller counter, he told the teller that he was making a withdrawal. When the teller asked him for his account number, he told her that she didn’t understand and then lifted his suit jacket to show her a gun in his waistband. Fearing for her life as the gun appeared real, the teller opened her cash drawer and put cash in a bag that Powell provided; Powell then quickly left the bank.
The following day, bank surveillance photos were shown on the local news and Powell was identified by witnesses.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Abilene Police Department. Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Williams prosecuted."