Charlotte man sentenced to 21 years in string of bank robberies

- A Charlotte man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison in connection to a string of bank robberies that occurred in 2015, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. 

Ronald McKnight, 34, was sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison and three years of supervised release on bank robbery charges. McKnight was also sentenced to one additional year in prison for violating his supervised release on prior robbery convictions.  

The judge also ordered McKnight to pay $3,425.98 as restitution to victims. 

According to court documents, on Jan. 5, 2015, McKnight entered the Fifth Third Bank located at 212 South Tryon Street in Charlotte and presented a note to the bank teller that read, “Robbery 100 50 20 No Die packs.” The teller handed McKnight over $1,732 in cash and McKnight left the bank.  

On January 9, 2015, McKnight entered the Wells Fargo Bank branch located at 2910 South Boulevard and again handed the teller a note that instructed the teller to give him cash in denominations of $100, $50, and $20, and not to include a dye pack.  

According to court records, the teller complied with McKnight’s demands, handed him more than $1,660 in cash, and McKnight fled the location. Court records indicate that law enforcement arrested McKnight later the same day.  

McKnight is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.  

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