Man from Harrisburg Receives 19 Years in Prison for Robbery Spree in Four States

A 21-year-old Harrisburg man has been sentenced to just over 19 years in prison for his involvement in a nearly two-week-long robbery spree that extended across Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The Department of Justice confirmed the sentencing on Friday, marking the culmination of a case that involved multiple law enforcement agencies and highlighted the severity of interstate crime.

Details of the Robbery Spree

Kyle J. Morales admitted guilt to several serious charges, including robberies of businesses engaged in interstate commerce, bank robbery, and brandishing a firearm during, and in relation to, a crime of violence. The spree, which lasted 12 days in March 2022, saw Morales targeting various businesses, including McDonald’s, Sheetz, and United Bank locations. In each instance, he brandished a handgun at employees, demanding money and causing significant distress among the victims.

Court Proceedings and Sentencing

Assistant U.S. Attorneys David C. Williams and Samuel S. Dalke prosecuted the case, presenting a strong argument that underscored Morales’ deliberate and dangerous actions. The prosecution detailed how Morales’ robbery spree not only inflicted financial losses but also instilled fear among the employees and communities affected.

The court sentenced Morales to 19 years and six months in federal prison. In addition to the prison term, Morales was ordered to pay $5,094 in restitution to the McDonald’s Corporation, Sheetz, Inc., and United Bank. He was also fined a $400 assessment charge. Following his imprisonment, Morales will be subject to at least five years of supervised release.

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Looking Forward

Morales’ 19-year sentence serves as a stark reminder of the serious consequences of violent crime and the commitment of law enforcement to pursue justice. The case highlights the effectiveness of coordinated efforts between federal and state agencies in tackling crimes that cross state boundaries.

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