Two Men Plead Guilty To Armed Bank Robbery

March 1, 2019

SCRANTON — Two men accused of robbing a Plains Twp. bank during a brazen gunpoint hold-up pleaded guilty Thursday to federal bank robbery charges.

Gerald Paul Pambianco, 30, of Plains Twp., and Derek Lee Spaide, 27, of Hanover Twp., pleaded guilty to one count each of armed bank robbery and using a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to court records.

The pair faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison for the weapons charge, and could face up to life imprisonment. U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion will sentence them at a later date.

Prosecutors alleged the men robbed the Luzerne National Bank at 1077 state Route 315 the afternoon of May 16 while armed with two Ruger 10/22 rifles and a Savage Arms .22-caliber rifle.

Spaide entered the bank with a T-shirt covering his face and pointed one of the rifles at an employee before getting into the get-away car Pambianco was driving with $8,204 in cash from the bank, prosecutors said.

They were caught after a police chase along Interstate 81.

Both men are also awaiting trial on state burglary charges connected to two burglaries that took place the same day as the bank robbery. They remain in custody at the Lackawanna County Prison.

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