Reno man pleads guilty to bank robbery

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A Reno man has pleaded guilty to robbing a US Bank branch that's inside a Safeway on Mae Anne Avenue, according to U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson of the District of Nevada.

47-year-old Mathew Hovious pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. United States District Judge Larry R. Hicks accepted the guilty plea. Sentencing is scheduled for June 4, 2018.

According to court documents, Hovious admitted that on October 23, 2017, he approached a bank teller and said, “Sorry, I have to do this,” then proceeded to give the teller a note that read, “I have a gun and a friend outside. We will use it. Do not pursue. $50s, $20s, $10s only. No dye packs or Transponders. I will kill you.” The teller put money in an envelope for Hovious and he left the bank. He stole about $2,600.

Hovious faces the maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.