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West Newton Man Charged With Robbing Hometown Bank

March 16, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, March 16, 2010, that Mark Zabielski of West Newton, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of bank robbery.

The one‑count indictment named Zabielski, age 33, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about December 9, 2009, Zabielski robbed PNC Bank, located at 200 East Main Street, in West Newton, Pennsylvania, of $4,767.00.

Assistant United States Attorney Barbara K. Swartz, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of twenty (20) years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Newton Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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