A Charlotte man faces up to 40 years in prison after a federal jury found him guilty on Thursday of robbing two banks days apart in January 2015.
After a two-day trial, 44-year-old Ronald McKnight was found guilty of robbing a Fifth Third Bank branch in the 200 block of South Tryon Street and a Wells Fargo branch in the 2900 block of South Boulevard. Police arrested McKnight later the same day of the Wells Fargo robbery.
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During the Fifth Third Bank holdup on Jan. 5, McKnight presented a note to the teller that read, “Robbery. 100’s 50’s 20’s. No die packs,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The teller handed over $1,732 from her drawer, and McKnight left.
On Jan. 9, McKnight entered the Wells Fargo and presented a note to the teller with the same wording as in the previous robbery. The teller handed over $1,660, and McKnight took off with the cash.
McKnight has been in federal custody since January 2015. His sentencing has yet to be set.