Three Charged in Lebanon Bank Robbery
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 22, 2009|
A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 21, 2009, a Criminal Complaint was filed in United States District Court, East St. Louis, Illinois, charging DANIEL L. RAVELLETTE, age 61, DONALD C. LONG, age 31, both of Vincennes, Indiana, and ZACHARY E. RICHEY, age 23, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, with a single count of Bank Robbery. The charges arise from the robbery of the Regions Bank in Lebanon, Illinois on December 19, 2009.
Each of the Defendants made an initial appearance before a United States Magistrate Judge on December 21. A Detention Hearing was scheduled for December 22, at which time all of the Defendants were ordered detained without bond pending further proceedings.
Conviction of the offense of Bank Robbery carries with it a sentence of up to 20 years' imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release following any period of incarceration.
A Criminal Complaint is only an allegation. All criminal defendants in federal court have the right to be charged by way of indictment following the presentation of evidence to a Grand Jury. All criminal defendants are presumed to be innocent of all charges brought against them and are entitled to a fair trial at which their guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Evidence resulting in the filing of these charges was obtained in an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lebanon Police Department, and the O’Fallon Police Department. The case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott for prosecution.