Parma Man Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy to Commit Arson During May 30, 2020, Demonstrations and Unrest in Downtown Cleveland
Darrion Powers, 23, was sentenced for a series of eight robberies committed between December 2018 and February 2019. Judge Sara Lioi sentenced Powers to 70 months in prison and ordered him to pay $4,279 in restitution. After his release from prison, Powers will serve three years of supervised release. Powers had previously pled guilty to each of the robberies.
As discussed during the sentencing hearing, Powers targeted six restaurants and two banks in Akron and Cuyahoga Falls over a period of approximately two months. In each case, Powers entered the business wearing a mask, brandished a knife, and demanded cash from the register or bank tellers’ drawer. In total, Powers stole $13,591.
Akron Police apprehended Powers as he returned to his home following the robbery of a PNC Bank on February 12, 2019. During a search of his vehicle, officers recovered over $9,000 cash stolen from PNC Bank, a knife, and clothing worn during several of the robberies. Powers admitted to investigators that he committed each of the crimes.
This case was investigated by the Akron Police, Cuyahoga Falls Police, and the FBI, and then prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Daly.