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Former Clairton Man Pleads Guilty in Bank Robberies

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
July 10, 2017
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former Clairton man faces up to 40 years in prison and a half-million dollar fine after pleading guilty to robbing banks in Westmoreland County.

Raymond Zwibel, 45, pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery on Friday before U.S. District Judge S. David Cercone, said a spokeswoman for acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song.

Zwibel will be sentenced on Nov. 6, the spokeswoman said.

Zwibel pleaded guilty to robbing the First Commonwealth Bank branch in New Alexandria, Westmoreland County, on Aug. 19, and the Citizens Bank branch in Latrobe on Aug. 23, according to prosecutors.

He had previously pleaded gulity in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court to robbing the First Commonwealth Bank branch in West Mifflin on Jan. 30, 2014, prosecutors said. Court records indicate that Zwibel was sentenced to one year in prison and five years' probation in that case.

Zwibel is in federal custody pending sentencing, Song's office said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The FBI, Pennsylvania State Police and Latrobe and West Mifflin police assisted the investigation.

Originally published July 10, 2017.

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