U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Donald L. White, 24, of Rochester pleaded guilty to bank robbery. The charge carries
a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Assistant U.S. Charles E. Moynihan, who is handling the prosecution of the case, stated that on November 16, 2016, the defendant entered the Chase Bank at 36 Genesee Street in Rochester at about 9:47 a.m. and passed the bank teller a note stating that he was serious, directing the teller not to get the attention of others, and to provide him with
money. In the note, White also said he did not want a dye pack and told the teller that she had 20 seconds to comply. The teller provided the defendant with an amount of United States currency, which he took before leaving the bank. White also admitted to robbing the same Chase Bank a month earlier on October 11, 2016, during which the defendant displayed a similar note demanding money.
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White was subsequently in Georgia where he committed additional crimes for which he is now imprisoned.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, as well as officers from the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron D. Singletary.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 17, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. before Judge Geraci.