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A federal grand jury indicted Keith E. Bass, 20, of Cleveland, for the robberies of three separate banks in Northeast Ohio, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
The indictment alleges that on September 1, 2015, Bass entered the PNC Bank at 7101 Broadway Avenue, in Cleveland, and robbed the bank of $3,119. On September 9, 2015, Bass entered the First Merit Bank at 22595 Lakeshore Boulevard, in Euclid, and robbed the bank of $1,250. On November 9, 2015, Bass entered the Citizens Bank at 23300 Lakeshore Boulevard, in Euclid, and robbed the bank of $5,140, according to the indictment.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation in conjunction with the Cleveland Police Department and the Euclid Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin R. Filiatraut.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review 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.
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.