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

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Scranton Man Sentenced To 59 Months For Robbing PNC Bank

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a Scranton man was sentenced to 59 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge James Munley for committing a bank robbery on July 14, 2015.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Chester Williams, age 32, previously pleaded guilty to robbing the West Scranton branch of PNC bank on South Main Avenue, during which he stole $540.  In the course of the bank robbery, Williams passed a threatening note to a bank teller, and used cocoa butter to conceal his face.  Judge Munley ordered Williams to make restitution to PNC bank in the amount of $540.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Scranton Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo and former Assistant United States Attorney Peter Hobart prosecuted 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.


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Violent Crime
Updated March 16, 2016