Crime & Courts

BB&T bank robber sentenced to 7 to 9 years

Israel Adam Williams
Israel Adam Williams Burke County District Attorney’s Office

A man who robbed a BB&T branch in Valdese last year was sentenced to seven to nine years in prison this week.

Israel Adam Williams, 42, of Newton, was sentenced after pleading guilty to common law robbery, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and habitual felon status, prosecutors said.

His sentence will run at the end of a term he’s serving on Catawba County convictions of breaking/entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods. With the Burke County pleas, he’s scheduled for release in late 2024, prosecutors said.

According to an investigation report, a woman drove Williams to the BB&T branch in a U-Haul box truck on Aug. 7, 2014. He walked in, made threats, demanded money and was given about $4,200, according to the report. He left in the U-Haul as a passenger.

Burke County sheriff’s Deputy Jared Ball spotted the truck at a convenience store. Williams was behind the wheel while the woman was inside the store.

Williams drove off in the U-Haul, but he eventually stopped and was detained by the deputy.

The woman’s court case is pending, prosecutors said.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak