(WNY News Now) – A Buffalo man has been handed a 171-month prison sentence and ordered to pay $551,286 in restitution after being found guilty of aggravated bank robbery, attempted bank robbery, and using a firearm during violent crimes.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti revealed that 48 year old Ronald Morris was involved in robbing three credit unions:
1. On February 27, 2019, Morris, along with Adrian D. Applewhite, robbed the Tonawanda Community Federal Credit Union, making off with around $111,992.18.
2. On July 25, 2019, Morris and Myron McCollum targeted the South Towns Community Federal Credit Union, using pepper spray and a pistol to steal $290,500.
3. On November 7, 2019, Morris, along with Carl Wilson and Myron McCollum, entered the Clarence Community and School Federal Credit Union, forcibly taking $148,793.90 while Applewhite acted as the getaway driver.
Co-conspirators Carl Wilson, Adrian Applewhite, and Myron McCollum had previously been convicted in connection with the crimes.