A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has indicted a Pennsylvania man on six different counts of bank robbery. According to the indictment, the 33-year-old Allegheny County resident robbed six banks between Dec. 1, 2014 and Jan. 16, 2015. If convicted of the federal charges, the accused man could face up to 20 years behind bars and a fine of up to $250,000 per count.
All of the alleged robberies occurred in the Pittsburgh area at banks that were insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The man is accused of robbing two First Commonwealth Banks in Dormont and West Mifflin, two Citizens Banks in Brentwood and Bethel Park, a PNC Bank in Bethel Park and a First National Bank in Castle Shannon.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation along with police departments in Dormont, Castle Shannon, Bethel Park, West Mifflin and Brentwood conducted the investigation that led to the man's indictment. He is the sole defendant, and there were no reports of any other people receiving charges related to the alleged bank robberies. It is unclear how he is expected to plead to his charges or whether he has any prior convictions on his record.
A person who has been accused of taking part in several different federal or state crimes that are of a similar nature might want to work with an attorney on defense strategies. An attorney may look into the details of each incident to determine how the defendant should plead to each specific federal charge. It is possible that a defendant could plead guilty to one charge while pleading not guilty to another charge. Those finding themselves in this type of situation might argue that they were misidentified due to the perceived similarity of the incidents.
Source: Westmoreland Times, "Man charged with robbing six South Hills banks", Feb. 20, 2015