Sentencing delayed again for PNC bank robbers

By Glenn Battishill - [email protected]



The sentencing hearing for a man who pleaded guilty to robbing the PNC bank in downtown Delaware has been rescheduled again in U.S. District Court.

According to federal court documents, the sentencing hearing for Jonathan Leon II, 24, of New York, was scheduled to take place Thursday at 1:30 p.m. At the hearing, he will be sentenced on a charge of bank robbery and a charge of using a firearm during the robbery of a financial institution.

However, according to district court officials the sentencing was delayed to Jan. 20, 2017 at the defendant’s request.

Leon’s co-defendant, Alonzo D. Groce, 19, of Columbus, was scheduled to be sentenced in September on identical charges but his hearing was delayed until Jan. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

Both men pleaded guilty to the charges at hearings in January. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. accepted their pleas and ordered that both men undergo pre-sentence investigations before they are sentenced.

The men were originally set to be sentenced in April but the hearings were delayed multiple times, federal court records indicate. A reason is not specified for any of the delays.

Both were in federal custody Friday awaiting their sentencing hearings. They have been in custody since Aug. 24, 2015.

At the arraignment for the men in Delaware County Common Pleas Court on Sept. 11, 2015, first assistant county prosecutor Kyle Rohrer told Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Everett Krueger that Leon went into the PNC Bank at 40 N. Sandusky St. on Aug. 24, 2015, and investigated it before leaving a few minutes later.

Rohrer said Groce then entered the bank about 20 minutes later — about 11:30 a.m. — with a .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol, demanding money from a bank clerk.

Rohrer said the clerk gave Groce money and then hit a silent alarm.

Groce left the bank and got into a waiting car driven by Leon and the men were pursued by police as they got onto Interstate 71 and headed south, toward Polaris. After a chase, the men ditched the car in a parking lot on South Old State Road and soon after were taken into custody.


By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.