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May 27, 2015

Waynesboro Man Charged with Six Bank Robberies

HARRISBURG—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a felony Information was filed yesterday charging a Waynesboro man with six bank robberies.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, John Raymond Smith, age 38, allegedly robbed two banks each in Greencastle and Waynesboro, Pennsylvania and in West Virginia in 2014.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, the Greencastle and Washington Township Police Departments and the West Virginia State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom.

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 for these offenses is 120 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $1,500,000 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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