Earlier this month, Barnstable Superior Court Judge Gary Nickerson sentenced a confessed bank robber and car thief to a decade in state prison. According to a release from the Cape & Islands District Attorney, Brian Iliffe was sentenced to ten years to ten years plus a day after pleading guilty to armed masked robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on July 11.
In April 2013, after reportedly disguising his appearance, Iliffe entered the Eastern Bank in Marstons Mills and presented a note to the teller demanding money. The note, according to the DA, indicated that Iliffe had a gun.
Iliffe escaped the bank with $1,418 in cash, and drove a friend's Chevy Equinox, without permission, to Stop & Shop in Sandwich where he discarded a piece of clothing at the front of the store, then purchased a Net Cell Phone and minutes.
Iliffe abandoned the Equinox in the lot and stole a Toyota MR2, which he drove to New Bedford. While in New Bedford, Iliffe made several purchases with the money stolen from the Marstons Mills bank, the DA said.
Three hours later, New Bedford police recovered the MR2 with the packaging from the cell phone inside. Iliffe was picked up two days later with the Equinox key and cell phone in his pocket, wearing sneakers he had bought with the stolen money.
While in custody awaiting trial at the Barnstable County House of Correction a month later, Iliffe was reportedly involved in a scuffle with fellow inmates and struck a corrections officer during the incident.
On the same day he pleaded guilty to the robbery and car thefts, Iliffe also pleaded guilty to assault and battery on the corrections officer, earning himself another one and a half to two years in state prison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nicole Manoog, of the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office.