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Double bank robber sent to prison

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man who robbed two Niagara County banks this year was sentenced to state prison Friday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Zachary S. Gravell, 28, will owe $6,000 in restitution once he is released from his prison term of 1 1/3 to four years for third-degree robbery.

Gravell’s record includes two convictions for trying to obtain opiates with forged prescriptions. Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph Catalano said Gravell had been clean for more than 2 1/2 years before relapsing. “This is one of the setbacks an addict deals with,” Catalano said, appealing for a probation sentence.

But Kloch said, “When you walk into a bank and hand somebody a note that says, ‘This is a robbery,’ you’re crossing the line.”

Gravell, a married father of three, held up the Cornerstone Community Credit Union branch in Middleport March 24 and the Northwest Savings Bank branch on Meadow Drive in North Tonawanda April 27. The four months Gravell has served in Niagara County Jail since the last robbery will count toward his state prison sentence.

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