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

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Lackawanna County Bank Robber Sentenced To Nine Years’ Imprisonment

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that John Ryall, Jr., age 40, of Simpson, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on February 13, 2020, by United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani to 108 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release, for an armed bank robbery.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Ryall robbed the Honesdale National Bank in Scott Township, Pennsylvania, on October 20, 2017, threatening employees with a mock firearm.  Ryall obtained $5,255, but was restrained by a bank customer, and taken into custody by the Scott Township Police Department shortly thereafter.

Ryall received sentencing enhancements for causing physical injury to a bank customer, and for threatening a material witness from prison, after he was arrested and charged.  Judge Mariani also ordered him to pay $600 to Honesdale National Bank, for damages to the bank during Ryall’s struggle with a customer.

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and by the Scott Township Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo is prosecuting 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
Violent Crime
Updated February 19, 2020