Jury Recommends Sentence of Death for Pennsylvania Man Convicted for Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting
PITTSBURGH, PA - A former resident of Pittsburgh, PA, has been sentenced in federal court to 80 months’ imprisonment on his conviction of attempted bank robbery and bank robbery, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.
Senior United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Calvin Leavy, 69.
According to information presented to the court, on January 31, 2022, Leavy attempted to rob the First National Bank, located at 3721 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
Approximately 12 minutes later, Leavy entered the PNC Bank located at 4600 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, wearing the exact same clothing and matching the description of the individual that had attempted to rob the First National Bank. Leavy informed the bank employee, “I have a gun. Give me the money.” Leavy took approximately $1,338 from the PNC. Then, on February 8, 2022, Leavy entered the First National Bank, located at 307 4th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, approached the bank employee and stated he had a gun and demanded money. Leavy took approximately $1,238 from the First National Bank. With the assistance of surveillance footage, investigators determined that Leavy used the Port Authority bus to travel to and from each of the bank robberies and used his bus card to pay for the fare. After tracking Leavy’s movements, investigators located Leavy, wearing the same clothing that he wore for the robbery, and arrested him.
Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
United States Attorney Olshan commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and City of Pittsburgh Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Leavy.