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Laconia man gets 4 years for 7 bank robberies in Mass., NH

July 18. 2018 10:01PM

CONCORD — A former Laconia man was sentenced to four years in federal prison for seven unarmed bank robberies in 2016 and 2017, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray announced Wednesday.

Chaka Meredith, 43, had plead guilty last January to the seven robberies in Massachusetts and New Hampshire that included bank branches in Laconia and Plaistow.

According to federal prosecutors, Meredith went into each bank, presented a note with demand, took a sum of cash and fled on foot.

He has been in custody since his Feb. 1, 2017, arrest by Lawrence, Mass. police.

The case had originated in New Hampshire when a grand jury in that state indicted him for the Plaistow robbery.

Meredith agreed to plead guilty to the Massachusetts robberies to resolve all pending charges in both states, Murray said.

After his release from prison, Meredith will serve 3 years on supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $10,438 in restitution to the seven banks he robbed.

“Bank robberies jeopardize the safety of bank employees, as well as members of the public,” Murray said.

“In our efforts to reduce crime and protect our citizens, the law enforcement community works together to identify and prosecute those who commit bank robberies and other crimes that undermine public safety.”

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