Bank Robber Gets Four Years In Prison

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Emmanuel Arocho, 31, was sentenced Tuesday to spend four years in prison for the July robbery of The People’s Bank on East State St. in Athens of $3,150.

Sentencing was conducted by Athens County Common Pleas Judge L. Alan Goldsberry. Arocho has until Monday October 21 to report to the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail for transport to prison. He must also make restitution, within four years, of the full amount taken.

In July, Arocho walked unarmed into the People’s Bank and through a note, instructed the teller to give him the money from her drawer and not to activate the alarm, according to Athens County Prosecutor Keller J. Blackburn. He left the bank with $3,150.

Later, he voluntarily turned himself into the Athens Police.

Arocho is eligible to apply for Judicial Release after he serves six months of his sentence but Prosecutor Blackburn says he will oppose any release until at least one year of the sentence is served. Then any agreement would be contingent upon a warden’s report and admission into a community based correctional facility or a Veteran’s Administration program.

Whenever Arocho is released, he also will be subject to three years of Post Release Control. Representatives of The People’s Bank were present at the sentencing hearing and agreed with the resolution.