A man accused of robbing four local banks earlier this year was sentenced Friday to up to six years in state prison and ordered to pay more than $14,000 in restitution.
Jahmar R. Daniels, 27, formerly of Regent Street, Saratoga Springs, previously had pleaded guilty in Schenectady County Court to two counts of third-degree robbery.
He was accused of robbing the banks — two in Rotterdam, one in Schenectady and one in Saratoga Springs — in February and March of this year. His method was similar each time: handing over a bag and having the teller fill it with cash. He displayed no weapon.
Daniels gave no statement during the sentencing. But, in speaking to the judge just prior to the proceedings, he indicated he robbed the banks simply to get the money.
Daniels was sentenced to a total of three to six years in state prison, a sentence that prosecutors said reflected the lack of a weapon.
He was arrested March 18, shortly after he held up the Trustco Bank on Union Street in Schenectady.
A description of Daniels taken from the robbery matched one Rotterdam police developed from other incidents, including heists at the Trustco Bank on Altamont Avenue on Feb. 13 and Pioneer Savings Bank on Altamont Avenue on Feb. 26.
The guilty plea also closes his case in the robbery of the Trustco Bank on Congress Street in Saratoga Springs on Jan. 28
Daniels became a suspect based on information investigators received from Colonie police. Investigators also worked with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Albany Crime Analysis Center to develop leads in the case.
Daniels was arrested by Rotterdam police as he left a local residence in a vehicle. He was then taken to Schenectady for questioning and was soon charged.
The bank heists were not Daniels’ first. He was still on parole at the time for a 2011 bank robbery in Albany. In that case, he was sentenced to one to three years in state prison, and was released in August 2012.
Daniels was represented in court Friday by attorney Sven Paul. In court for the prosecution was prosecutor Ed Moynihan. Acting Schenectady County Court Judge Richard Giardino presided.