May 27, 2018
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South Portland man gets nearly 13⅓ years for armed robberies in April

Joseph Morrill
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A 23-year-old South Portland man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to nearly 13½ years in prison for robbing a bank and a convenience store in April with a gun stolen from the car of a Cumberland County sheriff’s detective.

Joseph Morrill pleaded guilty in August to one count each of bank robbery, aiding and abetting interference with commerce by robbery of a convenience store, use or carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and possession of a stolen firearm.

The bank and convenience store, both located in South Portland, were robbed in the same week.

He was sentenced to six years and seven months for the two robberies and having the stolen gun, according to information posted on the court’s electronic case filing system. Morrill was sentenced to seven years, to be served consecutively, for using the gun in the robberies.

In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby sentenced Morrill to five years of supervised release and ordered him to pay nearly $5,800 in restitution to the bank and more than $180 to the convenience store.

He was held without bail pending the outcome of his case since his arrest April 23, the day after the bank robbery.

The .40-caliber Glock handgun and a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office badge were among the items reported stolen Sept. 21. 2012, from the vehicle of a detective in South Portland, according to the affidavit filed in federal court. The document did not say whether the car was the detective’s personal vehicle or belonged to Cumberland County.

Morrill faced 30 years in federal prison on the charge related to the Cumberland Farms robbery, up to 25 years in prison on the bank robbery charge, and up to 10 years in prison on the gun charge.

On the charge that Morrill used a firearm during the robberies, he faced between seven years and life in prison, to be served consecutively.

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