Sentencing continued for Lihue bank robber

HONOLULU — The sentencing for the defendant in a 2011 Kauai bank robbery was continued in U.S. District Court.

David Verden Williams, Jr., 35, of Sacramento, Calif., pleaded guilty to the first-degree bank robbery of the American Savings Bank in Lihue on Sept. 7, 2011. His sentencing scheduled for Sept. 9 was continued to Oct. 7 at 2:15 p.m. before Judge Susan Oki Mollway.

Williams changed his plea to guilty on March 20, and the initial sentencing date was for July 8. The October continuance request was filed on June 20.

The court could sentence Williams up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The plea deal brought a one-level reduction along with supervised release of up to five years after prison.

A mandatory condition of the plea deal is for restitution of $1,833.87. It is the reported amount that was not recovered from what was taken during the robbery of American Savings Bank.

According to the plea document, Williams handed a note to a bank teller that read, “I have explosives strapped to me and a gun, empty the drawer now or I will kill you.” The teller handed Williams $17,397, which included $400 in marked currency, two $100 bills, two $50 bills and five $20 bills. Williams was a fugitive for a day and checked into the St. Regis the night of the robbery with $1,000 in cash after his debit card was declined. He was apprehended without incident on Sept. 8, 2011 by Kauai police officers in Princeville.

Williams remains in custody of the United States Marshall Service. He is being held at a federal detention facility on Oahu.

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