Hopkinton Bank Robber Convicted on Charges

One of the two men who robbed Citizens State Bank in Hopkinton last year was convicted by a jury Thursday after a three-day trial in federal court.

27-year old Daniel Louis Jackson of Younkers, New York, was convicted of armed bank robbery, conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery, aiding and abetting the use, carrying, and brandishing of a firearm during a crime of violence, and conspiracy to use, carry, and brandish a firearm during a crime of violence.  The verdict was returned following about two hours of jury deliberations in Cedar Rapids.

The evidence at trial showed that Jackson moved to Muscatine during the summer of 2016 along with his the other bank robber, Jason Centeno.  While in Iowa, the two men reached an agreement to rob Citizens State Bank in Hopkinton.  Before the robbery, Jackson obtained a .38 caliber revolver from someone in Detroit, Michigan.  Then, on the morning of October 21, 2016, Jackson and Centeno drove Jackson’s car from Muscatine to Hopkinton.  Centeno entered the bank brandishing the firearm, while Jackson carried a knife.  Both men jumped over the bank counter and demanded money from the two employees working at the time.  While Centeno collected money from one teller, Jackson forced the other teller to place her hands behind her back and restrained her using zip ties.  They had purchased the zip ties together the day before at the Walmart in Muscatine.

During the robbery, a third bank employee entered the bank.  Jackson also ordered him to place his hands behind his bank and secured his hands with zip ties.  The two robbers then left the bank, taking about eight-thousand dollars and then returned to Muscatine.  They fled from Iowa – first to Younkers, New York, and later to Florida, where they were eventually taken into custody.

Jackson remains in custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.  He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years’ in prison and a possible maximum sentence of life in prison, along with a one million dollar fine. 

Meanwhile, Centeno pled guilty in September to armed bank robbery and using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.  He also remains in custody pending sentencing.