Barnstable Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Bank Robbery

gavelBARNSTABLE – Superior Court Judge Gary Nickerson sentenced a Barnstable man to 10 years in state prison for robbing a bank, stealing a car and assaulting a corrections officer.

Brian Iliffe, 38, pleaded guilty to the charges stemming from the robbery of the Eastern Bank in Marstons Mills in April 2013.

He was sentenced to 10 years for armed masked robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

In addition, he pleaded guilty to assault and battery on a corrections officer, to which he was sentenced to an additional one and a half to two years in state prison to be served from and after his 10 year state prison sentence.

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According to the Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office, Illife used a friend’s SUV Chevy Equinox without her permission to drive to the bank.

He entered the bank wearing a disguise and handed the teller a note stating that he had a gun.

He demanded that the teller put money in a plastic baggie and left the bank with $1,418.

He drove the SUV to a Stop & Shop in Sandwich. Surveliance video showed Iliffe throwing out an article of clothing into a garbage can at the entrance to the store then entering and purchasing a Net Cell phone and minutes.

Upon leaving the Stop & Shop, Iliffe stole a red Toyota MR2 parked in the parking lot and drove to New Bedford where he used the stolen bank money to make purchases at several stores.

The stolen car was recovered by New Bedford police approximately three hours later with the packaging materials for the Net Cell phone located inside the car.

Iliffe was arrested two days later and was wearing sneakers purchased with the stolen bank money and carrying the Net Cell phone and keys to the SUV Chevy Equinox he drove when he robbed the Eastern Bank.

On May 8, 2013, while Iliffe was in custody at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility awaiting trial he became involved in an altercation with several inmates during which he struck a correctional officer causing injury.

The bank robbery was investigated by the Barnstable Police Department, Sandwich Police Department and New Bedford Police Department. The Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation involving the assault and battery on the corrections officer.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nicole Manoog.