Orlando Serial Bank Robber Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison

U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton today sentenced Timothy Jones, a 60-year-old resident of Orlando, to 25 years in federal prison for bank robbery. Jones pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery on September 26, 2023. The court also ordered Jones to forfeit $30,000 of unrecovered proceeds from his robberies.

According to court documents, Jones was released from Putnam County Correctional Facility on June 1, 2022, after serving an eight-year term for committing a bank robbery in Orlando. The following day, June 2, 2022, Jones entered a Truist Bank on Orange Blossom Trail, announced a robbery, and threatened employees, claiming he had a gun. He demanded $150,000, received $30,000, and fled with an employee’s car keys.

Seven days later, on June 9, 2022, Jones robbed a SouthState bank in Kissimmee, again using threats and claiming he had a gun. He demanded $50,000, received it, and escaped in an employee’s car. Law enforcement later arrested him near the vehicle, where they found cash totaling $1,815 and $47,200 in the car.

Despite claiming mental incompetence to avoid trial, Jones was found to have manipulated the system, as revealed in a letter he wrote to a relative in May 2023. In the letter, he admitted to feigning incompetence to seek leniency. Jones, with previous robbery convictions dating back to 1995, was sentenced as a career offender.

The investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with support from the Kissimmee Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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