Ex-FL lawyer sentenced to 40 months for 5 lender robberies

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Aaron Patrick Honaker was sentenced on Dec. 9, 2021, to 40 months in jail for a string of 5 bank robberies and tried financial institution robberies in South Florida in September and October 2020.

The Florida Bar

Miami legal professional Aaron Patrick Honaker properly robbed only two of the five banking institutions he hit very last calendar year among Coral Gables and Aventura, according to a legal complaint submitted in a Miami federal court

That was enough for the now-former attorney to acquire a sentence of 40 months in prison for committing a string of five financial institution robberies and attempted lender robberies in South Florida in September and Oct 2020.

U.S. Legal professional Juan Antonio Gonzalez of the Southern District of Florida and FBI Miami Exclusive Agent in Charge George L. Piro introduced the sentencing on Thursday.

Honaker, 42, could have been sentenced to 60 months dependent on advisable sentencing rules. United States District Court Judge Marcia G. Cooke sentenced Honaker to 40 months and a term of four yrs beneath supervision immediately after his launch.

Honaker was disbarred in April, according to Florida Bar records.

A responsible plea

In accordance to the U.S. Attorney’s Business office, Honaker pleaded guilty in August for making an attempt to rob a Citibank in Coral Gables in September 2020. He also admitted that days later he robbed a Chase Bank in Aventura.

Prosecutors successfully argued that Honaker also tried out to rob a Wells Fargo Lender and an HSBC Bank and robbed a Chase Lender, all in Coral Gables in Oct 2020.

Honaker “admitted to police that he realized each and every of the tellers that he approached in the course of the robberies were fearful as a outcome of his perform,” the U.S. Attorney’s Place of work claimed in a information release. Honaker advised legislation enforcement that he carried a hammer into the banking companies “to escape any glass mantraps likely induced by financial institution security.”

The arrest

Coral Gables law enforcement arrested Honaker on Oct. 20, 2020 — 5 days following the attempted robbery of the HSBC Lender. Detectives spotted and acknowledged Honaker from surveillance footage. Just after Honaker and a detective “locked eyes,” a chase finished within a parking garage near Alhambra Circle.

Honaker was arrested and experienced with him a hammer and need notes. His stashed backpack also held a improve of apparel, toiletries and his passport, and he reported the TD Financial institution on Alhambra Circle “was following on his theft endeavor list,” in accordance to the arrest report.

The sentencing letter

In a sentencing letter submitted on behalf of Honaker, a fellow inmate described him as form-hearted, respectful, good and a “willing to give you the shirt off his back” form of person,” and that he “easily gains the respect of other inmates (which is not an effortless feat),” the ABA Journal documented.

Honaker made use of his legal track record — which involved a few decades at Greenberg Traurig from 2008 to 2011 — to guide other inmates with their circumstances, the sentencing letter said.

An explanation

According to the transcript of his detention listening to, filed with court documents in October 2020, Honaker informed law enforcement he was homeless and “on poor terms with his family and did not want them to be known as on the day of his arrest.”

According to the courtroom paperwork, he “quit his career” and “went off the grid” by “traveling thoroughly all-around the earth.” Honaker’s passport indicated he experienced been to “China, Mexico, the Philippines, Peru, Ecuador and all in excess of the Caribbean Islands.”

When arrested, he asked law enforcement to get in touch with his fiancee, who lives in Colombia.

According to the courtroom transcript, she advised them she experienced filed a missing folks report in South Florida since Honaker was meant to return to Colombia to stay there with her forever.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has coated pop audio, theater, health and fitness and exercise, obituaries, municipal government and standard assignment. He started out his career in the Functions department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
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