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North Carolina Man Sentenced To Nine Years In Prison For Aiding In Armed Bank Robbery

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

WILLIAMSPORT – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Rodrequis Council, age 33, of North Carolina, was sentenced to 108 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release on March 29, 2019, by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann. 

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Council previously pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the armed bank robbery of the SPE Federal Credit Union in State College on August 22, 2017.

Marquis Buckley, age 41, of Virginia, pled guilty to committing the armed bank robbery on July 3, 2018, in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he also faced charges related to two other bank robberies in Virginia.  Buckley was sentenced to 184 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his participation in the three robberies on October 3, 2018. 

The matter was investigated by Ferguson Township Police Department, Penn State University Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Alisan V. Martin prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as 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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Updated April 8, 2019

Violent Crime