A noteworthy case is currently underway in the federal court system in Pennsylvania. A man facing federal felony charges has issued a response that has shocked many, including some within law enforcement. As the case moves on, many within the state will follow to see how the man's legal team will structure his criminal defense in the matter.
The man, a 34-year-old resident of Masontown, is suspected of robbing two banking institutions and a store. When brought in by authorities and asked about the matter, he reportedly told police that he conducted the robberies in order to gain access to money he needed to kill a woman with whom he is in a relationship. He also stated that he planned to leave the state after that task was completed and needed to fund his travel.
Police believe that the man is responsible for a robbery of a PNC Bank, as well as a robbery of a United Bank just a few days later. The retail store that was also robbed was a Kmart in Uniontown. There is no word on the total amount that was taken from these three establishments.
As of the time of this report, the man has not yet had his first appearance in court. Calls to his defense attorney have not been answered, and there is no word on how he plans to respond to these federal felony charges. There is no report on whether additional charges might follow based on the Pennsylvania man's statements about his reason for the robberies, nor the conditions under which he purportedly made those statements to police. If his legal team determines that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time that he made those admissions, that could come into play within his defense.
Source: lancasteronline.com, "Police: Robbery suspect said he needed money to kill ex", Aug. 5, 2015