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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Buffalo Man Sentenced For Committing Six Bank Robberies

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE:  (716) 843-5817
FAX #:    (716) 551-3051
BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Michael Mitchell, a/k/a Max, 22, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of six counts of bank robbery, was sentenced to 108 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who handled the case, stated that between October 2013 and January 9, 2014, Mitchell committed six bank robberies and aided another individual in committing a seventh robbery in the Buffalo and Rochester, NY areas.

In October 2013, the defendant planned then aided another individual in robbing the First Niagara Bank at 529 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo on October 23, 2013. Mitchell also committed the following robberies:

• December 3, 2013, First Niagara Bank, 529 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
• December 16, 2013, First Niagara Bank, 805 Main Street, Niagara Falls
• December 26, 2013, First Niagara Bank, 70 Lyell Avenue, Rochester
• December 27, 2013, KeyBank, 201 Amherst Street, Buffalo
• January 3, 2014, M&T Bank, 130 Grant Street, Buffalo
• January 9, 2014, First Niagara Bank, 1248 Abbott Road, Lackawanna

During each of the robberies, Mitchell passed a note to the teller demanding money and threatened the use of a weapon.

“While some bank robbery investigations may take a bit longer than others, this case demonstrates that eventually all who commit such crimes get caught,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul.

Co-defendant Sheila L. Cassata pleaded guilty to bank robbery and will be sentenced on June 5, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda, the Lackawanna Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Michel, the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Chief Bryan DalPorto, and Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli.

Updated April 24, 2015