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Three Men Indicted in Bank Robbery Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Luke Kenna a/k/a “Lt.,” age 43, of Johnstown, New York; Michael Brown, Jr. a/k/a “Russ,” a/k/a “Doc Grimson,” age 40, of Exton, Pennsylvania; and Brian Tierney, a/k/a “Wodanaz”, age 29, of North Bellmore, New York, were charged by indictment yesterday with conspiring to commit bank robbery. United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), made the announcement.

The indictment alleges that between November 14 and November 27, 2022, Kenna, Brown, and Tierney agreed to and planned to commit an armed bank robbery at a bank branch in Johnstown, New York. Kenna, as part of that conspiracy, conducted surveillance of the bank and purchased items, including weapons, with which to commit the robbery. The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Kenna, Brown, and Tierney were previously charged by criminal complaints and arrested; all are presently detained.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

The FBI Albany Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), which includes FBI Special Agents, and federal, state, and local investigators, including from the New York State Police, is investigating the case. The FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office, the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, and New York State Police Special Investigations Unit also provided assistance. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Wentworth-Ping is prosecuting the case.

Updated February 15, 2023

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