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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New York Man Pleads Guilty To Robbing Two Banks

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Robert Meader, age 31, of Liverpool, New York, pleaded guilty to a Criminal Information charging him with robbing two banks.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, on May 16, 2016, Meader appeared before United States District Court Judge Robert Mariani in Federal Court in Scranton and pleaded guilty to committing the following two bank robberies:

  • $14,147 from the NBT Bank, Great Bend, Pennsylvania, on October 13, 2015; and

  • $5,721 NBT Bank, Albany, New York, on January 6, 2016.

Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pennsylvania State Police arrested Meader without incident in Liverpool, New York, on January 12, 2016.   Since his arrest, he has been held at the Lackawanna County Jail in Scranton. 

The case was jointly investigated by 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.

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 for each offense 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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Violent Crime
Updated May 17, 2016