A federal court judge has sentenced William Wellington Williams, 29 of Minneapolis to nearly 13 years in federal prison for robbing several Twin Cities’ area banks, including in Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park. William was sentenced for one count of aiding and abetting bank robbery by United States District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery on Nov. 20.
Williams also will serve 24 months consecutive to his longer sentence for violating the terms of his supervised release granted after a prior robbery conviction.
Williams, who was indicted with a co-defendant on May 21, pleaded guilty on Aug. 3.
According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, police began investigating Williams because he was identified in surveillance photos from the robbery of a Brooklyn Park TCF Bank branch on April 20.
On April 26, investigators then observed Williams in a vehicle with another man, later identified as co-defendant Kevin Eugene Davis. The men drove to the Cub Foods store at 3245 County Road 10 in Brooklyn Center, where a TCF Bank branch is located.
Davis went inside the store, bought an item, and left again.
The two men later returned to the bank. Williams entered the bank and presented the teller with a demand note that stated, “Put the money in the bag now … or die.”
The teller complied, giving Williams cash. While Williams was reaching for more money, agents, who were already in the bank, arrested him.
Davis, who was waiting in the vehicle, was also arrested without incident.
Davis was sentenced two years and 10 months in federal prison on Nov. 7.
He pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting bank robbery on July 12.