The suspect in the armed robbery of a Leland credit union last year faces over 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court Friday. (Source: Leland police)
GREENVILLE, NC (WECT) -
The suspect in the armed robbery of a Leland credit union last year faces over 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court Friday.
Borenzo Cortez Patrick entered a guilty plea to armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
On Dec. 22, Patrick entered the Riegelwood Federal Credit Union off US 74/76 just after 8:15 a.m. Prosecutors said he conducted a "violent armed takeover" of the credit union after pulling out an AK-47 style assault rifle and pointing the gun at several employees and customers.
It was later determined that the firearm was unloaded.
Patrick ordered the employees to lay face down on the ground while racking the rifle bolt several times. Leland police said Patrick left in a blue sedan after he was given an unspecified amount of money.
According to court documents, Patrick stole approximately $5,500 from the bank. A confidential informant said he knew Patrick was spending a lot of money after the robbery and he was bragging about police confronting him about the incident.
The informant told police Patrick had a gun similar to the one used in the robbery as well as clothing that matched the suspect's description. The informant also overheard Patrick saying he used his mom's car to rob the bank.
On Feb. 17, authorities executed a search warrant at Patrick's home on Edgecomb Drive in Riegelwood and confiscated clothing matching the suspect's description as well as a rifle that matched the one used in the robbery.
Court documents state that Patrick admitted to officers he robbed the bank and was sorry for the way it went down. Patrick agreed with agents who suspected he robbed the bank because it was almost Christmas and he had three kids and no job.
Patrick will face up to 32 years in prison and a $500,000 fine at his sentencing hearing.