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Serial Lawrence County “Mountain Dew” Robber Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

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

PITTSBURGH, Pa., - A former resident of New Castle, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his convictions on federal robbery laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Eric Barbati, age 33.

According to the information presented to the court, on August 26, 2017, Eric Barbati robbed the BFS Foods Convenience Store, located at 1509 Wilmington Road, New Castle, PA 16105, of $292.00. Barbati then robbed two other convenience stores, the Red Apple Convenience Store (on August 31, 2017), located at 1010 Wilmington Avenue, New Castle, PA 16101, of $242.00; and the Market 24 Convenience Store (on September 4, 2017 and again on September 17, 2017), located at 719 W. Washington Street, New Castle, PA 16101, of $170.00 and $117.00, respectively. During all of the convenience store robberies, Barbati would approach the store clerk and attempt to pay for a bottle of Mountain Dew before using a knife or forcibly taking money from the drawer to commit the robbery.

On September 5, 2017, Barbati also robbed the PNC Bank, located at 2470 E. State Street, Hermitage, PA 16148, of $2,702.00, and on September 11, 2017, he robbed the Huntington Bank, located at 108 S. Market Street, New Castle, PA 16142, of $1,641.00.

Judge Cercone also ordered that Barbati pay restitution to all three businesses and both banks and also serve a term of three years of supervised release upon release from prison.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hermitage Police Department, the New Wilmington Borough Police Department, the New Castle Police Department, and the Neshannock Township Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the guilty plea in this case.

Updated July 31, 2018

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