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Lancaster Man Charged With Armed Bank Robbery And Firearms Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Travis Jerome Jones, age 47, of Marietta, Pennsylvania, was indicted on May 3, 2017, by a federal grand jury on charges of armed bank robbery, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, and felon in possession of a firearm.


The indictment was unsealed on May 5, 2017, and Jones is scheduled for arraignment on May 9, 2017, before United States Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that Jones robbed an M&T Bank in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, on January 19, 2017, taking approximately $3,587. The indictment also alleges that Jones brandished a firearm (Hi-Point 9mm handgun) during the robbery and unlawfully possessed the firearm as a previously convicted felon.


The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Southwestern Regional Police Department in York County, and the Investigation Division of the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlo D. Marchioli is prosecuting the case.


This case was brought as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (“VCRP”), a district wide initiative to combat the spread of violent crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the VCRP consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies whose mission is to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit violent crimes with firearms.


Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.


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 25 years of imprisonment for the bank robbery, a lifetime term of imprisonment for the firearms offenses, 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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Updated May 8, 2017

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