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

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New York Man Charged With Great Bend Bank Robbery

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a federal grand jury in Scranton indicted Robert Meader, age 31, of Liverpool, New York, yesterday for committing the robbery of the NBT Bank, Route 11, Great Bend, Pennsylvania. 

The Grand Jury indictment alleges that Meader robbed the NBT Bank on October 13, 2015, and took $14,147 in United States Currency.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, the indictment was unsealed today following the arrest of Meader in New York. Meader appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick and was detained pending trial. He is presently being held at the Lackawanna County Jail in Scranton. 

The case was jointly investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, New York.  Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney John Gurganus.

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 20 years of 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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Updated February 4, 2016