Rensselaer man admits to pair of 2019 bank robberies

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A man from Rensselaer has pleaded guilty to robbing two banks at gunpoint. Ulysses Jessie Walls, 29, admitted he robbed the banks with Christopher Cohn, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The pair went to an Albany Trustco Bank on February 6, 2019, wearing ski masks. Walls then showed a gun and threatened to kill the bank’s employees. The employees gave about $150,000 to the pair, according to investigators.

Walls admitted that he and Cohn robbed the M&T Bank in North Greenbush later that month.

Cohn fired multiple shots during that robbery, investigators said. One bullet grazed an employee in the bank.

Walls is scheduled for sentencing in December, and faces 17 years in prison.

Cohn was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to similar charges.