Lockett not yet sentenced on 1 charge

MIFFLINTOWN – A McAlisterville man sentenced to serve eight years in federal prison for a string of bank robberies was supposed to be sentenced on a stolen property charge Tuesday, however, defense attorney Steven Manbeck and Juniata County District Attorney Cory Snook could not work out an agreement with the defendant, Richard L. Lockett, 38.

Lockett said via video conference from York County Correctional Facility that he was concerned that any sentence handed down by the court would force him to serve a consecutive sentence to his federal sentence.

Previous attempts to resolve this issue by Snook, Manbeck and Judge Kenneth A. Mummah were unsuccesful.

Lockett’s charges stem from the alleged theft of a car which he used in the commission of the robberies.

Lockett was charged in an federal indictment for robberies that occurred in 2012 on Oct. 22 at the First National Bank in Thompsontown, Oct. 27 at the Juniata Valley Bank in Port Royal and on Nov. 5 at the Swineford National Bank in Beaver Springs.

Lockett allegedly stole more than $20,000 from three different banks over a period of nearly 30 days to support a drug habit, police said.

Shortly after his arrest, a grand jury in Harrisburg indicted 38-year-old Lockett on three counts of bank robbery.

According to court documents, once Lockett was apprehended, he confessed to the robberies after requesting to speak with two FBI field agents.

Lockett also confessed to stealing the Ford Escort from Lewistown, which he used in the commission of two of the robberies, police said.