Buffalo Man Sentenced For Bank Robbery
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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Ronald McClendon, Jr., 27, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted of bank robbery, was sentenced to five years in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who handled the case, stated that on July 5, 2013, co-defendant Adlyn Marie Echevarria Robles entered M&T Bank, located at 1580 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo. Robles passed the teller a demand note threatening the use of a weapon. The teller gave Robles a specific amount of money. Robles exited the M&T Bank branch with the money, and entered a vehicle driven by McClendon who drove away from the area.
On July 24, 2013, Robles entered the M&T Bank at 709 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo and passed the teller a demand note threatening the use of a weapon. The teller gave Robles a specific amount of money. Robles exited the M&T Bank branch with the money, and once again entered a vehicle driven by McClendon who drove away from the area.
McClendon drove Robles to both M&T Bank branches knowing that Robles was going to rob the banks. Robles was sentenced to 24 months in prison.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force which includes the Amherst Police Department; Buffalo Police Department; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Cheektowaga Police Department; Erie County Sheriff’s Office; Hamburg Police Department; Lancaster Police Department; Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority; New York State Department of Correctional Services; New York State Police; U.S. Border Patrol; and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement–Homeland Security Investigations.