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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Reno Man Pleads Guilty To Bank Robbery

RENO, Nev. – A Reno man pleaded guilty yesterday to robbing a US Bank located inside a Safeway, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson of the District of Nevada.

Mathew Eugene Hovious, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. United States District Judge Larry R. Hicks accepted the guilty plea. Sentencing is scheduled for June 4, 2018.

According to court documents, Hovious admitted that, on October 23, 2017, he approached a bank teller and said, “Sorry, I have to do this,” then proceeded to give the teller a note that read: “I have a gun and a friend outside. We will use it. Do not pursue. $50s, $20s, $10s only. No dye packs or Transponders. I will kill you.” The teller put money in an envelope for Hovious and he left the bank. He stole approximately $2,600.

At the time of sentencing, Hovious faces the maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Rachow is prosecuting the case.


Updated March 7, 2018