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

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Second Bank Robber Pleads Guilty

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Allegheny County pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of bank robbery, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Matthew David Stanley, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, pleaded guilty to all charges before United States District Judge David Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that, on August 19, 2013, Stanley acted as the get-away driver while his co-defendant Raymond Zwibel went into the First Commonwealth Bank in New Alexandria with a demand note and stole $3700. The two switched roles four days later when, on August 23, 2013, Stanley entered the bank with a demand note and stole $2413 from the Citizens Bank in Latrobe, while Zwibel acted as the get-away driver. On January 30, 2014, Zwibel robbed the First Commonwealth Bank in West Mifflin without the assistance of Stanley. Zwibel previously pleaded guilty to all of his own charges and is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Cercone on September 12, 2018, at 10 a.m.

Judge Cercone scheduled Stanley’s sentencing for Friday, February 1, 2019 at 11:30am. The law provides for a total sentence of up to 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of Stanley.

Pending sentencing, the court remanded Stanley back to state prison where he is serving a sentence on an unrelated drug offense.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of both Matthew Stanley and Raymond Zwibel, with valuable assistance from the Latrobe Police Department and the Westmoreland County Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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Updated September 6, 2018