Man sentenced to 40 years for armed bank robberies; murder charge pending

Posted at 5:06 PM, Feb 02, 2017

A Holiday man has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for multiple armed bank robberies in Tampa Bay. 

Anthony Maresca, 54, pleaded guilty in October, 2016.

According to court documents, Maresca robbed eight banks in Pinellas and Pasco counties over a six month period beginning in late 2014.

Each time, he wore a disguise, pointed a silver handgun at the teller, and demanded cash. 

The robbery spree began shortly after he learned that law enforcement officers wanted to question him regarding the 2014 murder of Pasco county resident Billy Shuler. 

Maresca left his Holiday home and lived out of local motels until he was eventually arrested.  The federal case has concluded and he now faces a first degree murder charge in the Shuler case brought by state authorities.

The bank robberies were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, the Clearwater Police Department, and the Pinellas Park Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Leeman and Simon Gaugush.