ATLANTA — A man caught by the FBI for a string of armed bank robberies in Marietta, Atlanta and Johns Creek has pleaded guilty.
Kevin Ray Williamson, 51, of Marietta was sentenced June 26 to 25 years in federal prison and was ordered to pay $30,867 in restitution.
Williamson’s robberies had spanned eight months, from Feb. 4, 2016 to Sept. 8, 2016. He was arrested in October at his East Cobb home by FBI agents and Task Force Officers, along with Cobb County police. The arrest came almost two months after his last robbery, a Renasant Bank in Johns Creek.
“Williamson’s violent crime spree put citizens in our community on edge for months, especially bank employees just doing their jobs,” said U. S. Attorney John Horn. “Thankfully, an observant citizen brought his criminal conduct to an abrupt end.”
Williamson’s first four robberies were confined to Marietta, but he branched out to Atlanta and North Fulton with his last two.
In each of these robberies, Williamson demanded cash from the teller while brandishing a handgun and threatening to shoot. He would frequently apologize for the inconvenience after placing the money in a dark brief case or messenger bag.
Bank surveillance footage showed him wearing similar outfits at each strike - a beard, khaki baseball cap, dark colored suit, dark green polo shirt and sunglasses. The spree ended when a witness at the last robbery saw him drive off in an Infiniti Coupe that was later traced to Williamson.
“The lengthy sentence handed down in federal court removes a violent serial offender from our streets,” said David LeValley, special agent in charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office. “The details of the robberies committed by Mr. Williamson illustrate a total lack of regard for his victims, many of whom will, for many years, be dealing with the emotional trauma of having a gun pointed at them by an armed bank robber.”