As reported by Linda Borg in the September 28, 2013 edition of the Providence Journal, Warwick Police arrested a man for bank robbery. The man alleged went into a bank and gave the teller a note. The police were able to identify the man using surveillance footage from the bank. It is unclear if the man is charged with first or second degree robbery.
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 11-39-1, first degree robbery is defined as every person who shall commit: (1) robbery by use of a dangerous weapon; (2) robbery where a victim is injured; or (3) robbery where the victim is a person who is severely impaired or an elderly person. The penalties if convicted include and imprisonment for not less than ten (10) years and may be imprisoned for life, or fined not more than fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000), or both.
For the purposes of this section:
(1) "Person who is severely impaired" means a child or adult who has a disability which is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments which results in a substantial limitation on the person's ability to function independently in the family or community and in one or more major life activities; and
(2) "Elderly person" means a person sixty (60) years of age or older.
Second degree robbery is defined as every person who shall commit robbery or other larceny from the person by force or threat, where there is no weapon and no injury and the victim is neither a severely impaired person or an elderly person. The penalties if convicted include imprisonment for not less than five (5) years nor more than thirty (30) years, or fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or both.
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