Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Bank-Robbing 'Dracula' Sentenced to Over 20 Years in Prison‏

NATHANIEL LITTLE, JR., 43, of Decatur, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr., to serve more than 20 years in prison on charges of armed bank robbery and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.

United States Attorney David E. Nahmias said, “Today’s sentence drives a stake into the heart of a simple yet dangerous crime: robbing banks. This “Dracula” bandit will now spend many nights in the dark and confined cavern of a prison cell. In this scary economy, robbing banks may seem like a quick way for criminals to get money, but the real horror begins once they caught.”

FBI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Gregory Jones said, “The FBI would like to thank the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office and the DeKalb County Police Department for their assistance in this investigation. It was with their help the FBI was able to successfully track Little and ultimately remove an armed and dangerous criminal from our community.”

LITTLE was sentenced to 20 years in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $14,669. LITTLE pleaded guilty to the charges on November 12, 2008.

According to United States Attorney Nahmias and the information presented in court: On the morning of August 23, 2006, LITTLE, wearing a Dracula mask, walked into the CDC Federal Credit Union on Brandywine Road in Atlanta with a semi-automatic gun in his hand. He placed a bag on the counter and, while pointing the gun, yelled at the tellers to fill it up. After getting the money, the defendant fled the bank. A little over a month later, on September 29, 2006, LITTLE robbed the same CDC Federal Credit Union in the same way: he walked in wearing a Dracula mask and carrying a semi-automatic handgun, he placed a bag on the counter and, while pointing the gun at the tellers, he ordered them to fill up his bag. At one point during this robbery, LITTLE shouted at a teller, “Don’t make me have to shoot you.” After getting the money, he fled the bank. The FBI later tracked a car that had been parked near the robbery and, after a lengthy investigation, located key witnesses, which helped investigators identify LITTLE, who had been arrested on unrelated state charges after the robberies.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the FBI.

Assistant United States Attorney Matthew T. Jackson prosecuted the case.

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