☷New York Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Bank Robbery
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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New York Man Pleads Guilty To Armed Bank Robbery SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on April 27 , 2022 , Michael Muse , age 44 , of Brooklyn , New York , pleaded guilty before U . S . District Court Judge Malachy E . Mannion to the charge of armed bank robbery . According to United States Attorney John C . Gurganus , Muse committed armed robbery of the ESSA Bank , located in Middle Smithfield Township , Monroe County , on September 16 , 2021 . During the robbery Muse pointed what appeared to be a firearm ( later discovered to be an air pistol ) at the bank tellers . Muse stole approximately $9 , 031 . Judge Mannion ordered that a presentence investigation take place . Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date . The charge against the defendant resulted from an investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force . Assistant United States Attorney Robert J . O’Hara is prosecuting the case . This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal , state , and local Project Safe Neighborhoods ( PSN ) Program , 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 . Under federal law , Muse faces a maximum sentence of up to twenty - five years in prison , a term of supervised release following imprisonment , and a fine . A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines . ###
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