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New Port Richey Man Sentenced to 18-Plus Years for Bank Robbery

Derrick Coleman | Courts | Crime

The robbery was his 13th bank robbery, according to the U.S. attorney.

TAMPA – A New Port Richey man described as a “career offender” has been sentenced to more than 18 years in federal prison in connection with a Tarpon Springs bank robbery, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.

Derrick Coleman, 41, of New Port Richey, was sentenced to 18 years and four months in federal prison for bank robbery. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $5,000, the proceeds of the bank robbery.

A jury found Coleman guilty Nov. 19. (Click here and click here for related stories.)

Evidence presented at trial showed that, on June 30, 2018, Coleman visited a Chase Bank in Tarpon Springs and spoke to a teller about opening a new account. As the teller explained the process, Coleman placed a bag on the counter, told the teller that he had a gun, and demanded money from the teller. The teller complied and Coleman fled the bank with $5,000.

The Tarpon Springs Chase bank robbery was Coleman’s 13th bank robbery. From February 2007 through December 2007, Coleman engaged in a bank robbery spree, where he robbed or attempted to rob 12 banks in Illinois.

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