SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle
District of Pennsylvania announced that on September 18, 2020, Justin
Wade Lynch, age 44, originally of Texas, was sentenced to 84 months’
imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion
for armed bank robbery.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Lynch admitted
that, on October 30, 2012, he robbed Penn Security Bank & Trust in
Peckville, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Lynch brandished a firearm
during the robbery, and stole $12,470.
Lynch has been incarcerated since 2013 in Texas on an unrelated armed
robbery conviction. The 84 month federal sentence will run concurrent
with the remainder of the Texas sentence. Lynch was ordered to serve
three years of supervised release after his prison term, and to pay full
The case was investigated by the Blakely Police Department, the
Pennsylvania State Police, and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI), and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni.
This case is also part of Project Safe Neighborhoods
program that has been historically successful in bringing together all
levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our
neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice
reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on
targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to
work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal enforcement
and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies
to reduce crime.