A federal judge yesterday sentenced Phillip Leo Campanirio, 53, who has a criminal record dating to the 1980s, to 70 months in federal prison for robbing the Citizens Bank branch inside the Stop & Shop on Everett Street in Allston on April 28, 2018.
At the time, Campanirio was on parole after serving time for the 2006 robbery of a Sovereign Bank branch in Seekonk.
Campanirio pleaded guilty in January to the Allston holdup.
A second man, Wayne O'Keefe, is awaiting his own trial on charges he helped Campanirio with the robbery, from which Campanirio fled in a stolen Infiniti. Campanirio allegedly returned to the branch about two weeks later and robbed it again.
The US Attorney's office reports:
On April 28, 2018, an individual, later determined to be Campanirio, entered a branch of Citizens Bank in Allston, approached the teller and demanded cash. Campanirio stated words to the effect: "$20, $50, and $100 dollar bills. I don't want any [expletive] dye packs." The teller handed Campanirio money from her drawer, and then, because Campanirio told her, "I want more," the teller gave Campanirio additional cash from her drawer. Campanirio then exited the bank. A post-robbery audit determined that the robber had stolen $4,680.
The FBI posted photos of suspects from the Citizens Bank and other bank robberies, which led to Campanirio's arrest when his parole officer for the Seekonk robbery saw the photos and, of course, recognized him.
In addition to his prison sentence, Campanirio was ordered to repay the bank the money he stole.
According to a sentencing memorandum by prosecutors, Campanirio's record includes numerous convictions for larceny, assault and battery and both unarmed and armed robbery:
It is clear from his criminal record that Campanirio is unwilling or unable to refrain from criminal activity and conform his behavior to acceptable societal norms.
Campanirio has had numerous opportunities, while in and out of custody, to take advantage of programs, which would aid him in dealing with various issues. It appears that during his recent incarceration he did take advantage of these opportunities. However, within months of his release, and while in treatment, he violated the terms of his release and returned to using illegal drugs.
It is truly unfortunate, that it appears the only time Campanirio is not involved in drug abuse and criminal behavior, is when he is incarcerated. The Government’s recommendation, while severe, appears to be the only solution to curbing this behavior.
Campanirio's attorney, asked for a more lenient sentence of 48 months, in part because:
[N]o one was threatened, no one was injured, and no weapon was present in any manner or form during the commission of the offense. Beyond that, the defendant pleaded guilty in a timely manner, thereby saving scarce prosecutorial and judicial resources.
But, the defense sentencing memorandum continued, the judge should also take into effect Campanirio's "longstanding and persistent substance abuse history" for which the answer should be treatement. Also:
The second [reason] are the wide-ranging effects of a head-on automobile collision he was involved in at the age of 26. The immediate effect was a stroke which left him with partial body paralysis. The long-term effects have been both physical and mental/emotional in nature and continue to this day. The defendant believes that when the Court takes these factors fully into consideration in light of the statutory purposes of sentencing, it will conclude that a sentence within t[the federal sentencing guidelines] would be greater than necessary to achieve a just disposition of this case.