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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashland man faces additional bank robbery charges

A grand jury returned a four-count superseding indictment charging Jordon Louis Dongarra, 33, of Ashland, Ohio, with two counts of bank robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The superseding indictment filed today alleges that Dongarra robbed the First Merit Bank, located at 1277 Ashland Road, in Mansfield, Ohio, on December 18, 2014; and the Fifth Third Bank, located at 28880 Lorain Road, in North Olmsted, Ohio, on December 30, 2014.  Both banks are federally insured financial institutions.   An indictment alleging Dongarra robbed the North Olmsted Fifth Third Bank was originally returned on February 25, 2015.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after consideration of the federal sentencing guidelines which depend upon a number of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin Seabury Gould and Miranda E. Dugi, and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Olmsted Police Department.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Updated January 8, 2016