A Montgomery man has pleaded guilty to a bank robbery during which a shot was fired inside the bank, and later outside as well.
John Adam Vinson Jr., 32, entered his guilty plea Monday to bank robbery and discharging a firearm while committing the crime, according to an announcement Tuesday by Middle District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Sandra J. Stewart.
The holdup happened Dec. 14, 2020, at Regions Bank near Eastdale Mall in Montgomery.
Authorities said Vinson entered the bank, pulled out a gun and fired a shot into a desk at an empty teller station. A bank employee in one of the officers heard the shot and came out of her office.
Vinson grabbed the employee and moved her to the door which accessed the teller counters. When the gunman realized the employee couldn’t open the door, he jumped over the counter and began opening the teller drawers.
Vinson put money from the drawers into a bag, jumped back over the teller counter, and ran out of the bank. Vinson was spotted by a responding Montgomery police officer across the street, and shots were exchanged. Vinson was injured in the gunfire.
Vinson is charged in state court with attempted murder. According to those charging documents, one of the bullets he fired struck a Montgomery police cruiser with an officer inside.
That case is still pending in state court.
Vinson was indicted by a federal grand jury in August of 2021 for bank robbery, armed bank robbery, and discharging a firearm during a federal crime of violence.
Following his guilty plea Monday, a sentencing hearing will take place in the coming months, Stewart said.
The case was investigated by the Montgomery Police Department, the FBI, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Andreu is prosecuting the case.
Because of the nature of his crimes, Vinson is facing a sentence ranging from 20 years to life in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.