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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Pittsburgh Man Charged with Robbing Banks in Wilmerding and White Oak

PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of violating federal bank robbery and firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The five-count indictment, returned on March 1, named Leonard Gibbons, 55, of Pittsburgh, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about July 17, 2015, Gibbons stole $7,828.00 from the Compass Federal Savings Bank located at 111 Westinghouse Avenue, in Wilmerding, Pa.; and on or about Nov. 19, 2015, Gibbons used a firearm to steal $3,971.00 from the First Commonwealth Bank located at 1527 Lincoln Way, in White Oak, Pa. It is unlawful for Gibbons, who has previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses, to possess a firearm. Federal law prohibits a person convicted of a crime punishable by in excess of one year imprisonment from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than seven years and up to life in prison, a fine of up to $250,000.00, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Ryan K. Hart is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the McKeesport Police Department, the North Versailles Police Department, the White Oak Police Department, and the Allegheny County Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic: 
Violent Crimes
Updated March 3, 2016