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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

New York Man Sentenced To 157 Months In Federal Prison For Bank Robbery

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a New York man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Scranton by United States District Judge James M. Munley, to serve 157 months (13 years) in prison on the charges of conspiracy, armed bank robbery, and use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. 

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Jemel Laquan King, a/k/a “Melo,” age 38, was found guilty of the federal crimes after a trial held in Scranton in May 2016.   A federal jury found King guilty of conspiring with others to commit the November 26, 2014 armed robbery of the NBT Bank located on Keyser Avenue in Scranton.   Approximately $111,000 was stolen during that robbery.  In addition to the prison term, Judge Munley also ordered that King be supervised by a probation officer for three years following his release from prison.

Those previously charged with conspiring with King to commit the robbery of the NBT Bank include Jule Futrell, age 43, Endicott, New York, and Dorian Whitehead, age 30, Binghamton, New York.  Both have entered guilty pleas and are await sentencing. 

King was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 12, 2015, after an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Scranton and Binghamton offices.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.


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Updated July 27, 2016