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Notorious Bank Robber Pleads Guilty In East Haven Bank Holdup

Patch logo Patch 7/31/2020 Ellyn Santiago
a pair of headphones on a wooden table: Gary Bornman is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 27 and faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years on the baarrest, authority, brown, captive, case, control, convicted, court, courthouse, courtroom, crime, criminal, cuffs, decide, decision, desk, d © Shutterstock Gary Bornman is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 27 and faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years on the baarrest, authority, brown, captive, case, control, convicted, court, courthouse, courtroom, crime, criminal, cuffs, decide, decision, desk, d

EAST HAVEN, CT — In 1999, Gary W. Bornman, then 37, was imprisoned in California's Lompoc Federal Penitentiary for bank robbery when he penned an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times. In it he said that upon his release, he'd "commit murder, perhaps even mass murder."

The New Haven man maintained that he suffered from myriad mental illnesses and had he gotten the care he needed, he might not have "spent the better part of my life in and out of penal institutions, beginning at age 9..."

He also wrote to the Hartford Courant in 2013 which published and headlined his letter, 'Felon Thanks The NRA.' In the missive, Bornman thanked the National Rifle Association for, "...protecting my ability to easily obtain (guns) through its opposition to universal background checks."

Bornman, son of William H. Bornman, who was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list in 1968 and ws killed in a shootout with agents in Kentucky, has a criminal record that stretches back nearly half a century and served time for bank robberies committed in Guilford, Stamford, and Bridgeport as well as in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.

Now, at age 58, he's pleaded guilty to two more bank robberies, both committed, prosecutors said, while on supervised release from federal prison. In June 2001, Bornman was sentenced in Hartford federal court to 235 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for bank robbery and firearm possession offenses. He was released from prison in October 2018.

The robberies he pleaded guilty to Friday were an Oct. 2019 hold-up in East Haven, the other, last January in Windsor Locks.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on Oct. 29, 2019, Bornman drove a female accomplice to the Citizens Bank, 430 Foxon Boulevard, and while he waited outside, his accomplice entered the bank wearing a disguise and a red wig, approached a teller, and demanded money. The teller handed over approximately $1,003.

On Jan. 27 of this year, he drove a male accomplice to the People’s United Bank located at 20 Main Street in East Windsor. While Bornman waited outside, his accomplice entered the bank, approached a teller and showed a note demanding money. The teller hand over approximately $1,056. Bornman’s car was captured on surveillance video from a nearby business.

Bornman has been detained since Feb. 2, when he was arrested for violating his supervised release.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 27 and faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years on the bank robbery offenses, and additional penalties for violating the conditions of his supervised release.

This investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, East Haven Police Department and Windsor Locks Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anastasia E. King.

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