NJ Man Convicted of 2 Armed Bank Robberies, Potentially Faces Life in Prison
Federal authorities say a man from Passaic County has been convicted by a jury for his role as the gunman in two armed bank robberies in 2020.
U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger's office says 52-year-old Jose Soto of Passaic was convicted of two bank robberies, conspiracy to commit bank robbery, and brandishing a firearm during those robberies.
According to court proceedings,
- On February 6, 2020, Soto and his conspirator entered PNC Bank in Passaic. Soto pointed a gun at customers and employees and began ordering everyone down on the floor. Soto and his conspirator took approximately $35,000 from the bank.
- On February 27, 2020, Soto and the same conspirator entered Valley Bank in Little Falls. Soto again pointed a gun at customers and employees. From the bank's drawers and vault, the two took approximately $45,000.
For each bank robbery charge, Soto faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. For the conspiracy charge, Soto faces up to five years and a $250,000 fine. For each count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a bank robbery, Soto potentially faces up to life in prison.
Soto's sentencing is scheduled for February 23rd.