NEWARK, NJ - An Elizabeth man was sentenced on Thursday to 115 months in prison for robbing four banks in three states that included New Jersey, Maryland, and New York in January 2017, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Israel Cosme, 36, from Elizabeth, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas after being charged with four counts of bank robbery. Judge Salas imposed the sentence on Thursday in Newark federal court. 

Authorities said Cosme was originally arrested Jan. 24, 2017 in connection with two of the bank robberies committed in Maryland.

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According to documents and statements made in court, Cosme admitted that on Jan. 15, 2017, he robbed a TD Bank in Little Ferry, New Jersey. During the robbery, Cosme verbally demanded money and told a teller that he would shoot her if she didn’t comply. Cosme also admitted robbing a TD Bank in New York on Jan. 12, 2017; a TD Bank in Essex, Maryland, on Jan. 22, 2017; and a TD Bank in Baltimore, Maryland, on Jan. 23, 2017. 

Authorities said, during all three of these robberies, Cosme handed tellers a note demanding money and stating that he had a gun.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Salas sentenced Cosme to three years of supervised release. is Elizabeth’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @TAPElizabeth. 

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