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McKees Rock Man Pleads Guilty in Series of Summer 2016 Bank Robberies

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

PITTSBURGH, PA. - A resident of McKees Rocks, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal robbery laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Cleo Kevin McLee, 33, pleaded guilty to five counts before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on July 8, 2016, Cleo Kevin McLee robbed the First Niagara Bank on Wabash Street in Pittsburgh, PA of $2,050.00. McLee also robbed the First Niagara Bank on Sixth Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA of $600.00 on August 15, 2016; the Dollar Bank on Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh, PA of $800.00 on August 16, 2016; and the Dollar Bank on Walsh Road in Crafton, PA of $900.00 on August 22, 2016. McLee then attempted to rob the First Niagara Bank on Murray Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA on August 25, 2016..

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for June 28, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Crafton Borough Police Department, and Allegheny County Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of McLee.

Updated February 7, 2019

Violent Crime