Bank bandit gets 8 years in prison

A man who robbed Sovereign Bank in Jersey Shore in 2007 by claiming there was a bomb outside the building was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. Middle District Court to serve eight years and four months in federal prison.

Jovan R. Williamson, of the city and Philadelphia, was sentenced by U.S. Middle District Judge John E. Jones III.

“I would have liked to see more time, but it was a fair sentence,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Simmers.

Williamson pleaded guilty to charges of bank robbery by force or violence and use of a firearm during a crime of violence and testified in court against Terrell Carter, a co-defendant in the bank robbery, Simmers said.

Carter was found guilty of conspiring to rob the Altoona First Savings Bank, but jurors were deadlocked on charged related to the Jersey Shore bank.

Carter received a sentence of 115 months or just short of 10 years.

The two were charged with the Dec. 10, 2007, home invasion of John and Angelina Waldman of Limestone Township. The couple and their children were restrained with duct tape. Jurors acquitted Carter of the home invasion-related charges.

At the trial, Williamson testified against Carter, telling the jury the original plan was to kidnap and drive John Waldman to his jewelry business in Loyalsock Township to steal merchandise.

Jones’ sentence for Williamson and Carter included both pay the bank $8,500 in restitution. The rest of the restitution goes to the Waldman family, Simmers said.