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Date: 04-17-2024

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United States of America v. Gino Rizzo

Case Number: 3:22-cr-00174

Judge: Jeffrey A. Meyer

Court: The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (New Haven)

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office in New Haven

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New Haven, Connecticut criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with Robbing 3 Supermarket Banks in 2022 .

Middletown Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Robbing 3 Supermarket Banks in 2022.

Gino Rizzo, 29, of Middletown, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for robbing three banks in 2022.

Using notes demanding cash, Rizzo robbed People’s United Bank branches located in Stop & Shop supermarkets in Glastonbury on July 16, 2022, in Newington on July 18, 2022, and in West Hartford July 20, 2022. Rizzo’s girlfriend, Jalania Pantano, also participated in the West Hartford robbery (photo attached).

Rizzo was arrested on July 21, 2022. On April 11, 2023, while on pre-trial release, he disconnected his GPS electronic monitoring bracelet and absconded from his court-mandated rehabilitation center. He has been detained since his re-arrest on May 22, 2023. On January 25, 2023, Rizzo pleaded guilty to bank robbery.

Pantano was arrested on August 30, 2022, and she pleaded guilty to bank robbery on August 23, 2023. On December 5, 2023, she was sentenced to 30 months of imprisonment.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and West Hartford Police Departments. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephanie T. Levick and Robert S. Dearington.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release

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