Man who robbed Gettysburg, Carlisle banks in 2021 sentenced to 14 years in federal jail

05 January 2024- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on February 1, 2024, United States District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson sentenced James Henderson Bryant III, age 46, of Westminster, Maryland, to 14 years’ imprisonment for bank robbery. Judge Wilson also ordered Bryant to serve five years on supervised release after the conclusion of his prison sentence and ordered him to pay BB&T and Citizens Banks restitution of more than $26,000.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, in July 2021, a little more than two months after being released from nearly 13 years in state prison, Bryant stole more than $3,000 from a BB&T Bank branch in Hanover, Pennsylvania using a demand note. In August 2021, Bryant robbed two different BB&T Bank branches in Gettysburg, and Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, threatening tellers that he had a firearm before fleeing with cash. In September 2021, Bryant robbed a Citizens Bank branch in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, this time brandishing what looked like a handgun at three tellers before stealing more than $6,200. Bryant was arrested on October 5, 2021, minutes after robbing a Citizens Bank branch in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, while brandishing what appeared to be a firearm. Days following Bryant’s arrest, he assaulted a corrections officer while being transported to a local hospital for medical care, for which charges remain pending.  According to court records, Bryant was charged federally with bank robbery in December 2021, and pleaded guilty in January 2023.

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance provided by the Pennsylvania State Police, Penn Township Police Department, Gettysburg Police Department, York Area Regional Police Department, Carroll Township Police Department, and the Carlisle Township Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Christian T. Haugsby prosecuted the case.