Carroll Report State's Attorney

Jimmie Lee Benjamin Haney Pleads Guilty to Robbery Charges and Receives 35-Year Prison Sentence

Jimmie Lee Benjamin Haney, a 28-year-old man, pled guilty on February 9, 2024, to charges of robbery that took place in 2016 and 2017. The guilty plea was made during a hearing presided over by Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Brian L. DeLeonardo. Haney was sentenced to 35 years in prison, with all but 10 years suspended.

The first incident occurred on September 9, 2016, when Haney entered the Capital One Bank located at 402 East Ridgeville Boulevard in Mt. Airy. He presented a note to a teller demanding cash, and the teller handed over $4,000 before Haney fled the scene on foot. The second robbery occurred on January 14, 2017, with Haney wearing a disguise. He again presented a note to the teller, this time indicating he had a gun and demanded $5,000. The teller provided him with $630, and Haney fled the area. Despite Maryland State Police’s investigation, they were unable to locate the suspect.

It wasn’t until December 16, 2022, when detectives from the Greensboro Police Department in Greensboro, North Carolina, contacted the Mount Airy police regarding the unsolved bank robberies. Haney, already in custody for two additional bank robberies in North Carolina, confessed to the two unsolved Capital One bank robberies in Mount Airy, Maryland.

On February 9, 2024, Haney pled guilty to one count of armed robbery for the 2017 bank robbery and one count of robbery for the 2016 bank robbery. Judge DeLeonardo sentenced Haney to 15 years imprisonment, with all but 5 years suspended for the 2016 robbery, and 20 years imprisonment, all of which were suspended for the 2017 armed robbery. With both sentences combined, Haney will serve 35 years in prison, with all but 10 years suspended. Additionally, he will be placed on probation for 5 years following his release from custody.

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Carroll County, represented by Assistant State’s Attorney Karla R. Goldman, handled the prosecution. The Maryland State Police and Greensboro Police Department conducted the investigations into the robberies.

Commenting on the case, Carroll County State’s Attorney Haven Shoemaker said, “Thanks to cooperation between law enforcement agencies in two states, justice was finally served in these two cold cases. There’s an old saying in law enforcement: ‘The bad guys need to get lucky every time. The good guys just need to get lucky once.'”

For more information, please contact:
Office of the State’s Attorney for Carroll County
Phone: 410-386-2671
Fax: 410-876-9286
Email: ccstatesattorney@carrollcountymd.gov

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