The Berwick man charged with holding up a Newport bank and three others in the Granite State earlier this year pleaded guilty to bank robbery Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H.
Bo H. Rodden, 19, is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 2. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
His plea agreement with prosecutors calls for him to spend five years and 11 months in federal prison.
Rodden is being held without bail in New Hampshire pending his sentencing.
He admitted to being involved in the following bank robberies: TD Bank, Newport, Maine, on March 31; Ocean National Bank, Stratham, N.H., on April 5; Citizens Bank, Rollinsford, N.H., on April 12, and TD Bank, Dover, N.H., on April 13.
By pleading guilty, Rodden admitted that he went into the TD Bank branch on Main Street in Newport shortly after 9 a.m. March 31. Wearing a “white ‘Gilligan’ bucket hat,” according to court documents, he approached one of the bank employees and handed over a note, which read: “This is a stick up. I have a gun. All one dollar, $50s, and 10s in an envelope. No [expletive deleted] die packs.”
The employee gave Rodden $1,800, according to court documents, and he fled on foot. The hat was found on the pavement on Wiseman Street near the intersection of North Street, not far from the bank.
The amount of money taken in the other robberies has not been made public.
Rodden was arrested in Dover, N.H., on April 14 on a drug charge, according to previously published reports. When interviewed by a Dover police detective, Rodden confessed to the Newport robbery and told investigators he fled the scene on foot, then jumped into a waiting car.
No one else was charged in connection with the bank robbery in Maine. However, four other people are facing charges in federal court in New Hampshire for allegedly participating in the robberies in Dover and-or Farmington. They are: Eric J. Nielson, 19, of South Berwick; Bethany Colson, 22, of Kittery; Christopher Hildreth, 22, of Kittery, and Jacob Brown, 19, of Columbia, Conn.
All four have pleaded not guilty to the charges and face the same maximum penalties and fines Rodden does. Their trial dates have not been set.
If convicted, they along with Rodden could be ordered to pay restitution to the four banks.