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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Kingston Man Sentenced To 16 Years’ Imprisonment For Armed Bank Robbery

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Shawn Cavanaugh, age 38, of Kingston, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on October 25, 2019, by United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani to 192 months’ imprisonment followed by four years of supervised release, for an armed bank robbery.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Cavanaugh and his co-defendant, Doug Sickler, robbed the PNC Bank in Avoca, Pennsylvania on June 21, 2017, while threatening employees with pellet guns.  Sickler and Cavanaugh were arrested on June 22, 2017, and have remained in custody since.  In addition to the sentence of imprisonment, Judge Mariani ordered that Cavanaugh pay $909 to the victim of his crime.

Cavanaugh’s co-defendant, Doug Sickler, was previously sentenced to 63 months’ imprisonment.

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kingston Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorneys Phillip J. Caraballo and Robert J. O’Hara prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.


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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated October 29, 2019