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Texas Man Charged With Armed Bank Robbery

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

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Justin Wade Lynch, age 44, of Texas, was indicted on October 24, 2017, by a federal grand jury for armed bank robbery.  The case was unsealed on October 27, 2017.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Lynch is charged with the October 30, 2012, robbery of Penn Security Bank & Trust in Peckville, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  The indictment alleges Lynch brandished a firearm during the robbery, and stole $12,470. 


The case is being investigated by the Blakely Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni is prosecuting 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 with firearms.


Criminal Indictments 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 for this offense is 25 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 October 30, 2017

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