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Convicted bank robber pleads guilty to escaping reentry center

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Brandon Loyd, 27, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to escape from the Lighthouse Buffalo Residential Reentry Center. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney P. Richard Antoine, who is handling the case, stated that in May 2017, Loyd was convicted of bank robbery by use of a dangerous weapon and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and sentenced to serve 85 months in prison. In September 2021, Loyd was transferred to the Lighthouse Buffalo Residential Reentry Center. On December 18, 2021, Loyd walked out of the center with all his belongings without authorization. Later that day, during a telephone call, a staff member instructed Loyd to return. He replied, “I’m going out of state, and they are going to have to extradite me.” Following the conversation, Loyd was placed in “escape status” until his arrest on December 24, 2021, by the United States Marshals Service.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the United States Marshals Service, under the direction of Marshal Charles Salina.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 21, 2023, before Judge Arcara.   

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Barbara Burns


Updated October 6, 2023