Two accused of robbing Ogden bank face federal charges, 20 years in prison

Mar 12 2013 - 6:46pm

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Lonny Joe Swanson, 44, of Salt Lake City
Michael Kent Mooney, 47, of Uintah
Lonny Joe Swanson, 44, of Salt Lake City
Michael Kent Mooney, 47, of Uintah

OGDEN -- A federal grand jury has indicted two men in connection with a February heist at a Wells Fargo Bank.

Indictments for bank robbery against Lonny Joe Swanson, 44, of Salt Lake City, and Michael Kent Mooney, 47, of Uintah, were handed down last week in U.S. District Court.

The pair are being held in Weber County Jail. Swanson's initial appearance in federal court will be Thursday, while Mooney's first appearance will be Friday.

If convicted, they face a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

State aggravated robbery charges against Swanson and Mooney have been dropped in lieu of the new federal charges, Melodie Rydalch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City, said in an email to the Standard-Examiner.

The pair are charged with the Feb. 21 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank at 114 N. Washington Blvd. in Ogden.

Swanson told a teller he was going to shoot her if she didn't give him all the money, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Ogden police.

"Lonny Swanson had his hand in his pocket as if he was concealing a weapon," the affidavit states. "Lonny Swanson was then seen getting into a van after the teller gave him $203."

Soon after the robbery, Mooney, who was located with Swanson at 9th Street and Monroe Boulevard, confessed to driving the getaway vehicle, states the affidavit.

Swanson was also found in possession of $203, according to police.

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