Area bank robber gets new prison sentence after escaping Fenway halfway house and robbing another bank

Joseph Matz, 48, formerly of Arlington, pleaded guilty today to escaping from a Huntington Avenue halfway house while nearing the end of a bank-robbery sentence and was sentenced to 27 months in a federal prison.

Matz is already serving a 10-year state sentence in Virginia for robbing a bank after his escape from the Coolidge House Residential Reentry Center at 307 Huntington Ave. in the Fenway. He was actually sentenced to 25 years, but a judge suspended 15 years should he stay out of trouble.

The US Attorney's office in Boston reports Matz was at the halfway house serving out the last few months of an eight-year sentence for two bank robberies, one in Cambridge.

On Nov. 4, 2016 - just six weeks before he was to be released - Matz was allowed to sign out to pick up a prescription and then never returned, the US Attorney's office reports.

On Dec. 1, 2016, he was arrested on charges he held up a Wells Fargo bank in Richmond, VA.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to that charge, and on May 23, 2017, was sentenced to 25 years in state prison with 15 years suspended. Matz is currently in state custody in Burkeville, Va.

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This guy needs to make better choices in his life. Hopefully he gets the education and life skills he will need to be a productive member of society upon his release!!

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