U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania
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August 19, 2015

Scranton Man Indicted for Robbery of PNC Bank

SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that an indictment was returned late yesterday by a grand jury in Scranton charging a Scranton man with robbing the West Scranton branch of PNC Bank.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the indictment charges that on July 14, 2015, Chester Williams, age 31, robbed the West Scranton PNC bank of five hundred forty dollars ($540).

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Scranton Police Department. Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Peter Hobart.

Indictments 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 $250,000 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.

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