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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Pittsburgh Resident Sentenced for Bank Robbery

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been sentenced in federal court to a term of imprisonment of time served (approximately 17 months), to be followed by three years of supervised release on a conviction of bank robbery, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Darryl Leon Wilson, 61.

According to information presented to the court, on February 22, 2018, the defendant, entered the Key Bank, Downtown, Pittsburgh wearing a purple hat and scarf covering most of his face. When the teller requested that the defendant remove the scarf and hat, the defendant stated, "If I don’t get out of here fast, someone will get hurt." The defendant then placed a note on the counter which read, "Someone will get shot if you don’t give the 100’s 50’s 20’s and 10’s, No dye packs, smile and move fast Sorry." The teller gave the defendant lose $20 and $5 bills for a total of $540. Utilizing surveillance video from surrounding businesses, officers identified the defendant. When they went to the defendant’s house days later, Wilson answered the door with hands up and stated, "I did it." After officers identified themselves, Wilson stated, "I know why you’re here, I robbed the bank." Wilson provided a full confession, and admitted giving the teller a note that demanded money.

Assistant United States Attorney Shanicka L. Kennedy prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the prosecution of Wilson through Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated August 8, 2019