PORTLAND, Maine: A former Florida resident was sentenced in federal court today for bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.
U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal sentenced Joshua Strickland, aka “Ash Strickland,” 36, to five years and 10 months in prison and two years of supervised release. Strickland was also ordered to pay $13,994 in restitution. Strickland pleaded guilty on July 27, 2021.
According to court records, on January 3, 2019, Strickland entered the Bank of America branch in Portland and approached one of the tellers. Strickland handed her a note that stated, “This is a robbery. I have a gun. If I feel like you are trying anything I will start shooting people.” Strickland demanded that the teller provide $5,000. Strickland subsequently fled to Las Vegas, Nevada, prior to being arrested.
The FBI and the Portland and South Portland police departments investigated the case.
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Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
District of Maine