Miami attorney Aaron Patrick Honaker has only successfully robbed two of the five banks he struck last year between Coral Gables and Aventura, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Miami.
That was enough for the former lawyer to receive a 40-month prison sentence for committing a series of five bank heists and attempted bank heists in South Florida in September and October 2020.
U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez of the South Florida District and FBI Miami Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro announced the conviction Thursday.
Honaker, 42, could have been sentenced to 60 months based on the recommended sentencing guidelines. United States District Court Judge Marcia G. Cooke sentenced Honaker to 40 months and four years under supervision after his release.
Honaker was struck off the bar in April, according to Florida Bar records.
A guilty plea
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Honaker pleaded guilty in August to attempting 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 attempted to rob a Wells Fargo bank and an HSBC bank and rob a Chase bank, all in Coral Gables in October 2020.
Honaker “admitted to police that he knew each of the cashiers he approached during the thefts were scared because of his conduct,” the US attorney’s office said in a press release. Honaker told law enforcement he carried a hammer around banks “to escape any glass traps potentially triggered by bank security.”
Coral Gables Police arrested Honaker on October 20, 2020 – five days after the HSBC bank robbery attempt. Detectives located and recognized Honaker from the surveillance footage. After Honaker and a detective “had their eyes closed,” a chase ended in a parking lot near the Alhambra Circle.
Honaker was arrested and had a hammer and notes with him on demand. His hidden backpack also contained a change of clothes, toiletries and his passport, and he said TD Bank on Alhambra Circle “was next on his list of attempted thefts,” according to the arrest report. .
The letter of condemnation
In one letter of condemnation submitted on behalf of Honaker, a fellow inmate described him as a kind, benevolent, respectful, intelligent and “willing to give you the shirt off his back” “, and that he” easily earns the respect of other inmates (which is not an easy feat) “, the ABA Journal reported.
Honaker used his legal training – which included three years at Greenberg Traurig from 2008 to 2011 – to help other inmates with their cases, according to the sentencing letter.
According to the transcript of his detention hearing, filed with court documents in October 2020, Honaker told law enforcement he was homeless and “on bad terms with his family and didn’t want her they are called on the day of his arrest “.
According to court documents, he “gave up his career” and “stepped off the grid” by “traveling the world a lot”. Honaker’s passport stated that he had traveled to “China, Mexico, the Philippines, Peru, Ecuador and all the Caribbean islands”.
During his arrest, he asked the police to contact his fiancÃ©e, who lives in Colombia.
According to the court transcript, she told them that she had filed a missing persons report in South Florida because Honaker was supposed to return to Colombia to live there permanently with her.