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Avon man sentenced to 12 years in prison for robbing banks and calling in bomb threat

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

An Avon man was sentenced more than 12 years in prison for robbing two banks in Elyria and calling in a bomb threat to Elyria High School, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Office.

Brett L. Benson, 41, robbed Talmer Bank & Trust on March 19, 2014, and Dollar Bank on March 24, 2014. He also called in a bomb threat to the Elyria High School on the same date as the second bank robbery, according to court documents.

Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew B. Kall and Matthew J. Cronin are prosecuting the case following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Elyria Police Department, and other local law enforcement agencies.

Updated April 3, 2015