Judge Sentences Getaway Driver in Attempted Robbery to 5 Years in Prison
PITTSBURGH - A Western Pennsylvania resident has been sentenced in federal court to 62 months imprisonment, which includes 20 months already served, and five years supervised release, on his convictions for attempted robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence yesterday on Raymond Denson, 38, of Trafford, Pennsylvania.
According to information presented to the court, on April 27, 2016, Denson and his codefendants, David Lipinski and Anthony Bailey, attempted to rob a van making a delivery of pharmaceutical drugs to the Giant Eagle in Gibsonia. Denson was the getaway driver. A firearm was brandished by Lipinski while he and Bailey tried unsuccessfully to force the driver back into the van. Denson and the others then aborted the robbery attempt.
Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
United States Attorney Brady commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco ahd Explosives and the Northern Regional Police Department for the investigation leading to the conviction of Denson. The case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001. The efforts of PSN led to the successful prosecution of Denson.