A Springfield, Vermont man was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury last week for two armed robberies late last year at local banks. 31-year old Matthew T. Martin stood in federal court on June 14th for his arraignment on the two-count indictment.
Martin is responsible for two armed robberies on December 14th and December 21st last year where he robbed the People’s United Bank in Brattleboro and the Heritage Family Credit Union in Ludlow, respectively. In both robberies, he carried a BB gun that resembled a more dangerous firearm and during the first robbery, claimed to have a bomb.
He surrendered himself to authorities later in December after the US Marshals Service named him the “Fugitive of the Week”. He is still being investigated for other robberies he may have committed in 2015 prior to the two in December.
As per the law, Martin is innocent until proven guilty. However, if he is convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of up to twenty five years in prison for each of the two counts of armed robbery. His actual sentence upon a conviction will be advised by the federal sentencing guidelines.