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Cleveland man indicted for two bank robberies

Sept. 19, 2012

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Raymond Joseph Balinski, III, age 36, of Cleveland, Ohio, with two counts of bank robbery.

The indictment charges that on August 6, 2012, Balinski robbed the Fifth Third Bank in Fairview Park, Ohio, and that on August 15, 2012, Balinski robbed the Key Bank on West 117th Street, in Cleveland, Ohio.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler after an investigation by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after a review of factors unique to the case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offenses, and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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