A D.C. man was sentenced April 23 to five years in prison for attempting to rob a District bank in July 2013.

Calvin Kinard Adams, 33, pleaded guilty in January to a robbery attempt that was committed while he was on supervised release of an 11-year prison term for a string of 19 bank robberies in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia in 2003. Adams had only been released six months when he committed the attempted robbery of the bank.

Prosecutors said that on July 3, 2013, Adams went into a Wells Fargo Bank, located at 3200 Pennsylvania Ave, S.E., approached a Wells Fargo teller and presented a note which read: “listen no!! Alarms and no Dye Bait I want all the $100’s and $50’s out your draw and this note back with it.”

As the teller attempted to press the silent alarm, Adams fled the scene without receiving any money. Adams was identified by a surveillance video and through the FBI analysis of the note, which contained three fingerprints that matched Adams.

Adams was arrested on Oct. 18, 2013 at his residence in Southeast D.C. In presenting his guilty plea, Adams said he tried to rob the bank because he needed money. He was sentenced by Judge Richard J. Leon in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Upon completion of his five-year prison term, he will be placed on three years of supervised release.

Maria Adebola

Special to the AFRO