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August 15, 2014

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to His Involvement in Three Bank Robberies

ERIE, PA—A former resident of Rochester, New York pleaded guilty in federal court in Rochester to charges of bank robbery, Western District of Pennsylvania United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Christopher Matthew Mancuso, 41, pleaded guilty to three counts before United States District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on Dec. 18, 2013, Mancuso robbed $3,200 from the Chase Bank, located at 3917 Lake Avenue, Rochester, New York. On Jan. 17, 2014, Mancuso acted as the getaway driver during a robbery of Chase Bank, located at 2900 Dewey Avenue, Rochester, New York. Finally, on Jan. 31, 2014, Mancuso again acted as the getaway driver during a robbery at First Niagara Bank located at 12 Spencerport Road, Rochester, New York.

Judge Wolford scheduled sentencing for Nov. 3, 2014. The law provides for a total sentence of 60 years in prison, a fine of $750,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The conviction was the culmination of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-In-Charge Brian P. Boetig, the Gates Police Department, under the direction of Chief James VanBrederode, the Greece Police Department, under the direction of Chief Patrick Phelan, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction Chief Michael Ciminelli.

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