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      Suspects plead guilty in string of bank robberies

      The two men arrested for a string of bank robberies across the state and in Massachusetts from January to March have pleaded guilty today.

      Officials say 21-year-old Zachariah Edwards, of Frankfort and 21-year-old Nicholas Ferrone, of Utica robbed several banks by saying they were armed during the course of the robberies.

      Investigators say that no weapons were shown during the robberies.

      Edwards and Ferrone admitted to robbing these banks:

    • Chase Bank, 6004 Court Street, Syracuse, of $2,156 on January 14
    • Berkshire Bank, 2080 Western Avenue, Guilderland, of $2,566 on January 23
    • Chase Bank, 4425 East Genesee Street, Dewitt, of $4,680.75 on January 28
    • Trustco Bank, 2050 Western Avenue, Guilderland, of $1,930 on February 13
    • Bank of America, 638 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, Massachusetts of $3,300 on February 25
    • Key Bank, 1610 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, of $3,700 on March 1
    • M&T Bank, 5170 West Taft Road, Syracuse, of $3,446 on March 4
    • Ferrone also admitted to robbing the Alliance Bank on Genesee Street in Oneida on January 3.

      Edwards has been held without bail since his arrest on March 8, as has Ferrone, who was arrested on March 11.

      Bank Robbery carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on each count.

      The two are due to be sentenced on October 1.