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Rothmund gets 15 years for Albion bank robbery

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Rothmund in his July mugshot

ALBION – A Rochester man was sentenced to 15 years in state prison for robbing a bank in Albion on July 2.

Jeremy Rothmund, 30, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery on Dec. 9. He faced a maximum of 15 years in state prison as part of the plea. Orleans County Court Judge James Punch gave Rothmund the maximum during sentencing this afternoon.

In an Oct. 21 court appearance, Rothmund confessed in court that he robbed the Bank of America in Albion on July 2, showing up at the bank wearing a mask and threatening a clerk with a bomb that later was discovered to be fake.

In court today he apologized for his crimes. He has admitted to robbing two banks in Greece as well as the site in Albion. He said in court today he will use his time in prison to become a better father and citizen.

Rothmund faced a maximum of 20 years in state prison. The plea reduced the max to 15 years. He still faces charges for two other bank robberies in the town of Greece. Those cases are being handled by the District Attorney’s Office in Monroe County. Rothmund could see his prison sentenced extended with those cases.

Rothmund on Oct. 16 injured a corrections officer in the county jail. The bank robbery sentence doesn’t include that incident.

Rothmund’s girlfriend, Elyse A. Hoffer, also pleaded guilty in December to first-degree robbery. She faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced.  She admitted to driving the getaway car when Rothmund robbed the banks.

In Albion on July 2, Rothmund said he told her to park behind the Freeze-Dry building on Route 31 near the railroad tracks. Rothmund went to the Bank of America and returned with a bag full of $18,000. He said he told Hoffer to drive fast out of town.

The two were later stopped and arrested in Holley after a resident identified them in Albion and called the police.