Milford man sentenced in bank robbery

CONCORD – Seamus Murphy, 34, of Milford, who pleaded guilty last fall to robbing a Stratham bank earlier in 2015, was sentenced in federal court Monday, May 2, to more than four years in State Prison, U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice said.

Murphy, whose last known address is 427 N. River Road in Milford, will serve 51 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised re­lease, according to the sentencing terms. He is also ordered to make full restitution to Citizens Bank in Stratham.

The sentence, handed down in U.S. District Court, comes about six months after Murphy pleaded guilty to one felony count of robbery. He was arrested in Tewksbury, Mass., on Feb. 25, 2015, a day after he walked into the Stratham bank and gave the teller a note demanding mon­ey.

Murphy fled with an undis­closed amount of cash, but the prompt distribu­tion by police of various surveillance images of Murphy led to his arrest the next day.

Gray Rice, who said that "bank robbery, even an unarmed bank rob­bery, is an inherently dangerous crime that causes great turmoil to its victims," credited Stratham police and FBI agents for doing "a great job" in tracking Murphy to Massachusetts, appre­hending him "and bring­ing this case to justice."

– DEAN SHALHOUP