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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Carlisle Man Pleads Guilty To Bank Robberies And Firearms Violations

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Jeffrey Turns, 32, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty before the Honorable John E. Jones, III to committing two bank robberies and federal firearms violations.   

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Turns robbed two banks in August 2015, one in Mechanicsburg, PA and one in Dillsburg, PA, using a firearm.  Turns was apprehended just after the second bank robbery through a cooperative effort by Upper Allen Township Police Department, Camp Hill Police Department, Lower Allen Township Police Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police.  When taken into custody, Turns was fleeing in a stolen car with one firearm in his waistband, and nine additional stolen firearms in the back of the car.   

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Mechanicsburg Police Department and the Carroll Township Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law is life imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.


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Violent Crime
Updated July 14, 2016