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Bank robber receives 7-year prison sentence

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ROCKY MOUNT — A federal judge has sent a local bank robber and jail escapee to prison for seven and a half years.

David Marshall Viverette, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery in November 2019. U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan sentenced Viverette last week.

The current prison sentence, Viverette’s first federal conviction, includes an enhancement for a brief escape from custody before his federal indictment.

Viverette is one of five inmates who escaped from the Nash County Detention Center in March 2019. He was recaptured the next day at the Hal Orr’s Inn, according to archived news reports.

On Nov. 9, 2018, officers with the Rocky Mount Police Department responded to a robbery alarm at First Carolina Bank on Winstead Avenue. Viverette had entered the bank, presented a demand note and threatened to kill the teller if she pressed any alarm. Viverette fled with a small amount of cash, but was quickly identified from surveillance photos by officers familiar with him from prior encounters, said Don Connelly, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Viverette’s criminal record includes 19 prior convictions, including seven felonies such as exploiting an elderly or disabled adult, larceny and obtaining property by false pretense, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

The FBI assisted local authorities with the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Stephany.

The case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone, said Robert Higdon, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

The initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and district attorneys on a sustained basis in communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking and crimes against law enforcement.