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Adams Indicted Under Hogsett’s Violent Crime Initiative


United States Attorney Joe Hogsett announced on November 8th that federal charges will be brought against 22 year old Bloomington resident John Lee Adams III. Adams was federally indicted for charges of armed bank robbery, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm following a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction. Adams allegedly robbed a branch of the People’s State Bank on South Clarizz Boulevard on November 15 last year. All three charges are federal crimes and classified as felonies. The indictment comes after a seven month collaborative investigation from the Bloomington Police Department and the FBI. Adams is currently being held in a federal detainment facility. the investigation and indictment are aided by the fledgling Violent Crime Initiative: a district-wide strategy to work with local law enforcement and county prosecutors to combat drug traffickers and criminals that use and carry firearms in their illegal activities. WFHB correspondent Nash Hott spoke with United States Attorney Hogsett about the ruling, and the distinction between state and federal crimes, for this WFHB feature exclusive.

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