July 8, 2015

Maryland Man Federally Indicted for Three Bank Robberies in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, PA—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Wayne Lee Brennan, 40, of Fort Howard, Maryland was indicted by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The indictment charges Brennan with three counts of bank robbery.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the Indictment alleges that Brennan robbed three South Central Pennsylvania banks between June and September 2014: Santander Bank, Hanover; PNC Bank, Hanover; and PNC Bank, East York. At each bank, Brennan allegedly handed the teller a note demanding money but did not display a firearm. Approximately $5,000 was taken in the three robberies.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the West Manheim Township Police Department, the Hanover Borough Police Department, and the Springettsbury Township Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law is 20 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.