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Bellevue Man Pleads Guilty To Robbing Two Local Banks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Bellevue Borough, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of bank robbery, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Lonnie Ball, 43, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on April 24, 2009, Ball robbed the Citizens Bank located at 603 Stanwix Street in Pittsburgh of $2,097.00, and on April 27, 2009, Ball robbed the Fidelity Bank located at 683 Lincoln Avenue in Pittsburgh of $1,512.00.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for Jan. 6, 2011, at 10 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Almon S. Burke, Jr. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Lonnie Ball.

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