A 29-year-old Omaha man has been sentenced to life in prison in a bank robbery case.
Quantal Blake was sentenced Monday after he was convicted by a federal jury in May of two counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg’s office said Tuesday.
Omaha police and FBI investigators linked Blake to the Feb. 4, 2014, robbery of the Premier Bank, 352 N. 114th St., and the March 20 attempted robbery of the same bank, which had not opened for business when Blake arrived at 8:40 a.m., Gilg’s office said. Around 1:20 p.m. March 20, Blake robbed the First Westroads Bank at 612 N. 98th St., Gilg’s office said.
Investigators determined that Blake was on parole from a prior robbery offense, Gilg’s office said, and as part of his parole, he was required to wear an electronic monitoring device on his ankle. Data from the device was used to link Blake by time and location to the robbery scenes, to the locations where vehicles used in the robberies had been stolen and to the locations where the vehicles were abandoned, Gilg’s office said.
Blake had two previous violent felony convictions for robbery and associated weapons charges. Because a firearm was used during the First Westroads bank robbery, Blake faced a mandatory life sentence as a three-strikes offender.
Blake was sentenced to 17½ years in the First Premier bank robbery and 17½ years in the attempted robbery. Those sentences were ordered to be served at the same time as the life sentence. He also was ordered to pay restitution of $18,290 to First Premier Bank and $13,085 to First Westroads Bank.