Man gets 8 years for JS bank robbery

WILLIAMSPORT- One of two men who robbed the Sovereign Bank branch in Jersey Shore in 2007 has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison.

Jovan Rashan Williamson, who has addresses in Williamsport and Philadelphia, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. Middle District Judge John E. Jones III to eight years, four months. He gets credit for time served since his arrest.

Williamson, who pleaded guilty to charges of armed bank robbery and use of a firearm during a crime of violence, testified against co-defendant Terrell Carter.

Last March jurors found Carter, also with Williamsport and Philadelphia addresses, guilty of conspiring to rob the Altoona First Savings Bank but were deadlocked on charges related to the Sovereign bank job.

The government was prepared to retry Carter when he pleaded guilty to conspiring to rob that bank. He is appealing his 115-month prison sentence.

Robbers got $8,500 from the Sovereign bank office when a caller said bombs would be detonated if money was not left at the door on Oct. 10, 2007. A bank employee testified he put the money into a vehicle driven by a black man whose face was covered.

The two were also charged with the Dec. 10, 2007, home invasion of John and Angelina Waldman in Limestone Twp. where the couple and their children were restrained with duct tape.

The plan was to take Waldman to Shire’s Jewelry Store in Loyalsock Twp., which he owns, to steal merchandise, but the robbers changed their minds and took items from the home.

Williamson’s plea did not include those charges and jurors acquitted Carter on those counts.

Williamson’s sentence included five years supervised release when he gets out of jail. Carter and he are responsible for restitution of the $8,500.