Crime & Courts

Gastonia man sentenced to 11 1/2 years for robbing BB&T branch

James McConnell
James McConnell Mecklenburg County jail

A Gastonia man was sentenced to 11 1/2 years in prison Monday for robbing the BB&T branch at 9200 S. Tryon St. in Charlotte in 2012, Acting U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose said.

James McConnell, 48, pleaded guilty in July 2014 to bank robbery. He has two prior federal bank robbery convictions, court records show.

On April 11, 2012, McConnell stole $505 from the BB&T branch, prosecutors said. He told the bank teller he had a gun and demanded $2,500 in large bills, but the teller told him she did not have that amount and handed him $505 in small bills, according to court records.

McConnell remained in federal custody Tuesday and will be turned over to the Federal Bureau of Prisons once the prison where he will be housed is determined.

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