ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 155 months in prison, 3 years supervised release and ordered to pay $11,100 in restitution on his convictions for bank robbery, armed bank robbery, and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.
United States District Judge Stephanie L. Haines imposed the sentence on Ronald Eugene Lomax, Jr., 32.
According to information presented to the court, on November 21, 2018, Lomax entered the Northwest Savings Bank, 3407 Liberty Street in Erie and handed the teller a note that indicated he had a gun and demanded $5,000. Lomax then fled the bank after receiving the money.
On December 28, 2018, Lomax robbed the same Northwest Savings Bank branch taking $6,100. Lomax pointed a handgun at the victim teller during this robbery. When he committed the bank robberies, Lomax was on parole in Pennsylvania for a conviction involving the rape of a child.
Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Haines noted the seriousness of Lomax’s criminal history and his escalating behavior between the two bank robberies.
Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
Acting United States Attorney Kaufman commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Erie Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Lomax.