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Convicted Bank Robber Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

Newark man went on a crime spree for two months in the summer of 2010, said the U.S. Attorney's office.

A Newark man convicted of robbing eight banks in a two-month period was sentenced to eight years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Nathaniel Barreto, 30, of Newark, previously pleaded guilty to one bank robbery and admitted robbing seven others and attempting to rob a ninth. The banks he robbed included branches in Bloomfield and West Orange and banks in Bergen, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Morris counties.

The robberies took place between the end of June and mid-August 2010.

Barreto was sentenced on Wednesday in federal court in Trenton by U.S. District Court Judge Freda L. Wolfson.

Authorities said Barreto’s bank robbery spree came to an end following the Aug. 17, 2010, robbery,when a witness saw Barreto get into a car driven by his accomplice and noted the license platenumber, which matched the plate on a car found abandoned near a wooded area.

Barreto and his accomplice were both found and arrested in the woods nearby.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced Barreto to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $112,515 in restitution.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman also credited officers from the Morris County Sheriff's Dept. and Prosecutor's Office, FBI agents, the Hanover Township Police Dept., and the New Jersey State Police, with assisting in the case.

Jersey Teapot-Party September 21, 2012 at 02:30 PM
8 years only for string of bank robberies in NJ. WOW. Seems a little light.
Dan September 28, 2012 at 01:19 AM
To Be Honest I Don't Know Why He Had To Do That , I Understand He was Under A Lot Of Stress, I He had No Luck In Finding A Good Job , House On Fire & His Father Did not Had Much To Live , He Has A Wife & Three Kids , His Mother Is A Church Pastor , He Used To Play Music And Worship The Lord In The Church Sad It Had To Come To This , I know Him , His A Good Person , If You Would Had Known Him You Would Had See It For Yourself , He Has A Nice Heart , He would Help Anybody If You Needed Help , A Person To Me And Others Too , With Todays Economy It Wanna Make You Go Crazy , Jobs Are Hard To Find These Day , If You See Prior To That He Had A Clean Record , His A High School Graduate , Sometime We All Lose Our Minds Too , I Believe He Did It For Attention Not Knowing What Could Happen To Him .

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