Charlemont man gets 6 to 7 years for robbing Northampton bank


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Published: 10/30/2021 5:12:32 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A Charlemont man who robbed a city bank in February stealing $12,573 in cash was sentenced Friday to six to seven years in state prison.

David Jones Jr., 38, was initially charged with armed and masked robbery and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of felony unarmed robbery before Judge Richard Carey in Hampshire Superior Court. The sentence was jointly recommended by Northwestern Assistant District Attorney Andrew Covington and defense attorney Aliki Recklitis from the Committee for Public Counsel Services, according to the DA’s office.

Jones had entered People’s United Bank at 43 King St. on Feb. 25 shortly before noon and handed a teller a note that stated, “Put all money in bank bag … no silent alarm … I’m very familiar with the system don’t try nothing stupid,” according to a Northampton police report filed in court.

Jones then drove off in a pickup truck he had borrowed and was found by Massachusetts State Police with the cash in Charlemont just hours later. No weapon was found in connection with the robbery. Jones later told police that he had been experiencing financial problems.

In a statement, Covington said the prison sentence was warranted given Jones’ prior criminal history. Jones was sentenced to five to seven years in state prison more than a decade ago for a series of breaking-and-entering and larceny charges in Berkshire County.

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