The two men who robbed the Citizens State Bank in Hopkinton nearly a year and a half ago were sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison on Thursday.
28-year old Daniel Jackson from Yonkers, New York, received the prison term after a jury found him guilty on numerous charges last October.
22-year old Jason Centeno, also from Yonkers, New York, received the prison term after pleading guilty last September to armed bank robbery and using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Evidence at trial showed that Jackson and Centeno moved to Muscatine during the summer of 2016. While in Iowa, they agreed to rob Citizens State Bank in Hopkinton. Prior to the robbery, Jackson obtained a .38 caliber revolver from someone in Detroit.
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 at gun point, Jackson forced the other teller to place her hands behind her back and restrained her using zip ties. Jackson and Centeno 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. Jackson and Centeno left the bank, taking more than $8,000, and returned to Muscatine. They then fled from Iowa, first to Yonkers, New York, and later to Florida, where they were eventually captured.
At their sentencing in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Jackson was sentenced to 180 months in prison, while Centeno was sentenced to 130 months. They each were also ordered to make $8,225 in restitution to the Citizens State Bank.
The two are being held in U.S. Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.