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May 13, 2015

New York Man Charged in Connection with Scranton Bank Robbery

SCRANTON, PA—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that an indictment was returned yesterday afternoon by a federal grand jury in Scranton charging a New York man with armed bank robbery.

Jemel Laquan King, a/k/a “Melo,” age 37, a resident of New York, is charged with conspiring with others to commit the November 26, 2014 armed robbery of the NBT Bank on Keyser Avenue in Scranton. Approximately $91,000 was taken during the robbery. King is also charged with the use of a firearm during the commission of the crime.

Those previously charged with conspiring with King to commit the robbery include Jule Futrell, age 42, Endicott, New York, and Dorian Whitehead, age 29, Binghamton, New York.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation—Scranton and Binghamton offices. Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.

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 penalties in this case include 25 years’ incarceration, plus an additional minimum of seven years’ incarceration for the use of the firearm during the commission of a violent crime. 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.

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