Ronald Tilley, 59, who was charged with robbing the Down East Credit Union earlier this year, was charged by the federal government on Tuesday and was arrested.
Tilley was “charged by the state district attorney's office and after the matter had been pending for a couple of months, the federal authorities decided they wanted to prosecute it, so they took over the prosecution of the case and the state authorities dismissed” their case, said Terence Harrigan, who represents Tilley.
Police allege that Tilley threatened the staff at the credit union, located near the Bangor Mall, on March 27. According to court documents, he got away with just over $8,700.
He left the state and was arrested March 31 in South Windsor, Connecticut for shoplifting. He was brought back to Maine and was being held on $50,000 cash bail.
U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge John Nivison ordered Tuesday that Tilley be held without bail pending his trial.
“I was court appointed by the state on the state robbery charge and was federally appointed on the federal robbery charge,” Harrigan said, explaining how he became Tilley's attorney.
Also on Tuesday, Tilley entered a not guilty plea before Nivison on the federal bank robbery charge. The criminal docket says Judge Lance Walker has been assigned the court case.
“Jury selection will be July 9,” Harrigan said.
If convicted, Tilley faces up to 20 years in federal prison.