It is easy for a community to assume that a person who has been charged
with a serious crime, such as bank
robbery, is guilty. However, according to the law, the presumption is that the
person is to be viewed as innocent unless his or her charges are proved
beyond a reasonable doubt. In Pennsylvania, four people currently face
charges in connection with the attempted robbery or robbery of 14 financial
The charges come from three indictments from a federal grand jury. Officials
said the bank robberies occurred over a period of eight months in four
different Pennsylvania counties. Multiple law enforcement agencies, including
the FBI and the Pennsylvania State Police, were involved in investigating
the alleged crimes.
The people arrested range in age from 29 to 40 years old. In addition to
facing bank robbery-related charges, one person also faces charges related
to using a firearm, as well as the obstruction of justice. Another one
additionally faces charges involving illegally possessing a firearm, possessing
methamphetamine and lying to the FBI.
If convicted, the four now facing robbery charges in Pennsylvania face
years in prison, with one person facing life imprisonment, as well as
a fine. Being convicted of this type of crime can ruin a person's
reputation, as well as his or her ability to secure jobs in the future.
It is within the rights of an accused person to defend his or her innocence.
The individual's criminal defense has the responsibility of ensuring
that the accused's rights are protected throughout the criminal process.
Source: poconorecord.com, "Four charged in three separate bank robbery cases in northeast Pa.", March 25, 2015