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Swanton Man Convicted for Bank Robbery

October 2, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Allan Reynolds, 27, of Swanton, Vermont, was convicted of bank robbery following his guilty plea on September 28, 2012. Reynolds entered the guilty plea after three days of trial before a jury in Burlington, Vermont. United States District Judge William K. Sessions III presided over the trial and Reynolds' guilty plea. Following the plea, Judge Sessions ordered the defendant detained pending sentencing, which is currently scheduled for February 4, 2013.

According to court records, Reynolds robbed the Swanton branch of the People's United Bank on the morning of November 28, 2011. Wearing a disguise, he presented a bank teller with a note demanding cash. The teller complied and Reynolds left the bank with approximately $1700. He escaped the bank on a bicycle which he rode to his nearby home. Reynolds was arrested on state charges on December 2, 2011 and has been in custody since. A federal grand jury returned a single-count indictment charging him with bank robbery on June 11, 2012.

This is Reynolds' second conviction for bank robbery in the District of Vermont. On November 20, 2007, Reynolds pled guilty to robbing the TD Bank in Enosburg Falls, Vermont on August 10, 2007. For that crime, Judge Sessions sentenced Reynolds to a 33-month prison term followed by a two year period of federal supervised release. Reynolds was still serving his term of supervised release when he robbed People's United Bank on November 28, 2011.

Reynolds faces a maximum term of 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine. His actual sentence with be determined in accordance with the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which are advisory. Reynolds will also be required to pay restitution to the victim bank. United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the hard work of the law enforcement agencies who participated in this investigation, including the Swanton Police Department, the Vermont State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Border Patrol.
The prosecutor is Assistant United States Attorney Timothy C. Doherty, Jr. Reynolds is represented by defense attorney Karen Shingler, whose law office is in Burlington.

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