Oakdale Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robberies of Three Western Pennsylvania Banks
PITTSBURGH—On Jan. 13, 2015, a resident of Oakdale, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of armed bank robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced.
John J. Gibson, 35, formerly of Holstein Drive, Oakdale, Pa., pleaded guilty to four counts before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on Nov. 12, 2013, at approximately 12:25 p.m., Gibson and his co-defendant, Daniel Bose, robbed the Community Bank located at 3241 West Roy Furman Highway, in Rogersville, Pa. Both men displayed firearms during the robbery, and $4,335 was taken. On Nov. 27, 2013, at approximately 12:35 p.m., both men robbed the S&T Bank located at 100 South Fourth Street, in Youngwood, Pa., taking $2,750. Finally, on Feb. 10, 2014, at approximately 1:35 p.m., both defendants robbed the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Greene County located at 101 Locust Avenue Ext., Mount Morris, Pa. On that occasion, the defendants stole $23,667.
Last year, Daniel Bose pleaded guilty to these crimes as well, and he currently is awaiting sentencing.
Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for Gibson for May 12, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not less than seven years and up to life in prison, a fine of $250,000, 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 Attorneys Barbara K. Doolittle and Troy Rivetti are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Gibson and Bose.