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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Men from Shaker Heights and Cleveland indicted for using a firearm while robbing a bank in Richmond Heights

Two men from Northeast Ohio were indicted in federal court for using a firearm while robbing a bank in Richmond Heights last year.

I’ziah Clark, 20, of Shaker Heights, and Joseph Kyle Sanders, 19, of Cleveland, were both indicted on one count of armed bank robbery and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence.

Clark and Sanders used a firearm on June 1, 2018, when they robbed the Citizens Bank at 690 Richmond Road in Richmond Heights, according to the indictment.

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 records, 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 investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by FBI and Richmond Heights Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Zarzycki.

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 July 31, 2019