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

Friday, July 27, 2018

Rochester Man Convicted By A Federal Jury Of Bank Robbery Sentenced

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

 ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Joseph W. Peeples, III, 44, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted following a jury trial of robbing the Chase Bank located at 1 South Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY, was sentenced to 264 months in prison by Chief Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melissa M. Marangola and Katelyn Hartford, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that on January 5, 2017, the defendant robbed the Chase Bank. Peeples was tracked by law enforcement to Binghamton, NY where he was arrested approximately 13 hours later. The defendant left approximately $43,000 in a bathroom at the Trailways Bus Station and $10,000 in a taxi cab. Upon Peeples arrest, law enforcement officers searched his hotel room and found $52,000.

The defendant had just been released from federal prison six days prior to robbing the Chase Bank for an unrelated bank robbery. During the trial, Peeples acted as his own attorney. A jury deliberated for under one hour and returned a verdict on March 30, 2018. 

Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Police Chief Michael Ciminelli.

Updated July 30, 2018