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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Troy Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robberies

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Michael C. Matzen, age 35, of Troy, New York, pled guilty yesterday to committing two bank robberies over the course of two days in East Greenbush and Latham.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Albany Division. 

On March 19, 2015, Matzen entered a TD Bank branch in East Greenbush with his face partially covered.  He presented a teller with a note demanding money and stating he had a gun.  The defendant took $500 and then fled the bank.

The following day, Matzen walked into a Trustco Bank branch in Latham with his face partially covered.  Again he presented a teller with a note demanding money and stating he had a gun.  The defendant took $5,750 and then fled the bank.

Matzen faces up to 20 years in prison, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 3 years, when he is sentenced on July 26, 2016 by United States District Judge Gary L. Sharpe.  Matzen also faces a fine of up to $250,000, and may be ordered to forfeit the money he took during the robberies, or pay restitution to his victims.  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.
 
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in coordination with the Colonie Police Department and East Greenbush Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Solomon B. Shinerock.

Topic: 
Violent Crime
Updated March 16, 2016