GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan who man was sentenced Friday to more than 19 1/2 years in federal prison for a pair of bank robberies in that state that occurred in 2019 also took responsibility for a bank robbery in Mason.
U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney in Grand Rapids sentenced Jermaine DeShawn Clark, 31, to 235 months in prison following his conviction on two counts of bank robbery committed in Michigan. He will have to pay $7,458 in restitution.
Clark, then 30, was a resident of Ingham County, Mich. on June 29, 2019, when he robbed a Lansing branch of Chase Bank and fled with $2,900. On July 13, 2019, he struck a Kalamazoo branch of PNC bank, robbing it of $2,040, according to court documents.
Clark used a stolen Dodge Charger as a getaway car in both robberies, and shortly after left the State in that vehicle. Acting on tips and other information from the robberies, Michigan law enforcement officers quickly identified Clark as the robber and obtained a federal arrest warrant for him, according to court documents.
At the time of the two Michigan robberies, Clark was on parole for a 2017 bank robbery conviction in Montgomery County, Ohio. According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Clark was placed on three years of parole on Jan. 13, 2019 after being released from the London Correctional Institution.
On July 24, after fleeing Michigan, Clark stopped in Mason, Ohio to have the tires checked on the getaway car, officials said. After learning that he would need $300 to repair the vehicle, he robbed a PNC bank branch in Mason and obtained $2,508.
He then continued travelling south where police located the stolen car in Florence, Ky. that resulted in a high speed chase on Interstate 75, with Clark driving his vehicle in excess of 140 miles per hour. The chase ended when Clark lost control of his vehicle, crashing it into another vehicle and severely injuring a nurse on her way home from work, according to court records.
Clark pleaded guilty to both Michigan robberies on Dec. 20, 2019. He also took responsibility for the Mason bank robbery.
After considering the facts surrounding the robberies and Clark’s background, Judge Maloney declared him an ongoing threat to the community and chose the lengthy prison term.
Special Agent Mara Schneider of the FBI office in Detroit said she was unaware if Clark has been charged for the Ohio robbery.
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