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Chronic Thief, Bank Robber Gets 5 Years In Federal Prison


A Contra Costa County man has been given over five years in federal prison for bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Ismail Ramsey said.

Brandon Elder, 29, pleaded guilty last December to bank robbery stemming from a 2022 crime in San Francisco.

On Sept. 20, 2022, Elder entered a bank in the Marina District wearing a black hoodie, black facemask and blue gloves. He told the teller, “This is a robbery,” and demanded $50s and $100 bills. The teller gave him over $10,000 in cash and Elder ran out of the building and into his car, which was parked in a nearby garage.

Two days later, Elder was picked up in Pleasant Hill while shoplifting a PlayStation from a Target store. He was found with nearly $8,000 in his pocket as well.


Elder was indicted in November 2022 and charged with one count of bank robbery, to which he pleaded guilty with a written plea agreement.

According to prosecutors, Elder committed the Marina District bank robbery while he was out on parole. He had just gotten out of custody 19 days earlier after serving time for another bank robbery he committed in January 2022 in Brentwood. He had also already been convicted of 11 other thefts in state court, including a violent case in which he slashed a loss prevention officer with a box cutter.

“Enough is enough,” said Ramsey in a statement released by the Department of Justice on Wednesday. “Repeat offenders like Brandon Elder should not be allowed to continue terrorizing the community.”

In addition to prison, Elder will have to complete a year of supervised release after he gets out. He was immediately taken to prison upon sentencing.



Original G May 24, 2024 - 9:22 AM - 9:22 AM

Probably has close to zero empathy and few job skills to offer an employer.
Wouldn’t be surprised if a high school dropout, which CA educational system produces about 40,000 per year.

John Pope May 24, 2024 - 10:02 AM - 10:02 AM

So, they said someone like this bozo shouldn’t be allowed to continue terrorizing the community and then only give him 5 years. A 25 or 30 year sentence seems a little more likely to eliminate any threat he poses. Getting out of prison at 55 or 60 just might take the starch out of him.

whenwilltheylearn May 24, 2024 - 3:43 PM - 3:43 PM

He will be out after 2 years or less for some excuse the state has.

reekorizzo May 24, 2024 - 6:36 PM - 6:36 PM

It’s not a state thing it’s Federal. They give very little time off.He will no doubt serve most of his term at Club Fed.

domo May 24, 2024 - 3:25 PM - 3:25 PM

He’ll be out in 2 yrs on probation… Bets?

Blue Knight May 24, 2024 - 8:35 PM - 8:35 PM

I would take that bet.

All federal inmates serving sentences of more than 12 months except those serving imprisonment for life are eligible for a “good conduct time” reduction of 15%, resulting in the service of 85% of the sentence.

That said, community confinement placement (half-way house) is still consider custody.

He is going to serve ≈ 4 years, 3 months before he is eligible for federal probation.

claude long May 24, 2024 - 3:49 PM - 3:49 PM

Chronic? what does that mean …he can’t help himself?…..always makes me wonder how do people get like that…. 25 years ago ,he was this little harmless kid….what accounts for that…..this is where the money and time would be better well spent to understand why…then educating the system so to catch it in its early stages…..rather than deal with this kind of repetition over and over, and repeating the same ineffective strategies……[like putting them in prison and getting out enormously worse then when they went in]……my guess is that they just don’t know how…….resulting in society helplessly stewing in its own juice…..It defies all rational thought.

Lou May 24, 2024 - 4:19 PM - 4:19 PM

Not very smart, 8 grand in his pocket and he goes shoplifting. Five years in prison not long enough for him to get an education in Newscum’s new deal.

Mary May 25, 2024 - 11:20 AM - 11:20 AM

Brandon is a good kid who just got mixed up in some unpleasant things. Wishing him the best from Claycord and praying for an early release.

Blue Knight May 26, 2024 - 11:23 AM - 11:23 AM

Your definition of a “good kid” and mine are different.

Instead of feeling sorry for Brandon you show some concern for the bank Tellers who were the victim of the strong arm bank robberies.

You think being robbed with the threat (expressly stated or implied) of death or serious bodily injury if they did not cooperate helped or hurt their mental well-being in the long term?!? That is a memory that likely will never go away thanks to your “good kid” Brandon.

Brandon is going to do at least 85% of his sentence with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (4 years 3 months) He is exactly where he needs to be and he should be away from society a lot longer if actual justice was given to the bank Tellers.

If Brandon cannot control himself, and it’s obvious he cannot, society will do it for him. Alpha Mike Foxtrot.

prairiegirl May 27, 2024 - 6:00 AM - 6:00 AM

29 is not a “kid.”

ChuckStir May 25, 2024 - 4:24 PM - 4:24 PM

So this guy commits a bank robery in January 2022 and has 11 other thefts in the state, is out less than three years. Now he has robbed another bank, gets five years which equates to three years with good behavior. And our politicians wonder why crime is rampant. I realize now that one can be as dumb as a box of rocks and still get elected into a political postition.

American Citizen May 26, 2024 - 9:01 PM - 9:01 PM

They handled criminals a lot more appropriately in the old west.

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