Springfield man sentenced in connection with 2016 armed bank robberies


Edgardo Rivera, 34, of Springfield, was sentenced in Hampshire Superior Court today by Judge Richard Carey to 8-10 years in state prison followed by 5 years of probation in connection with two bank robberies in 2016.

A Hampshire Superior Court jury returned guilty verdicts yesterday, after approximately three hours of deliberation, on five counts of Armed Robbery While Masked.

The jury found that Rivera robbed the Chicopee Savings Bank in South Hadley on March 28, 2016, stealing $3,000, and the Monson Savings Bank in Ware on April 2, 2016, stealing $7,000.

Two accomplices, Frances Deleon, 24, of East Longmeadow, and Jahira Flores, 32, of Chicopee, are also currently facing charges for the bank robberies in the Hampshire Superior Court.  

“We are pleased with the jury’s verdict in this case, which holds the defendant accountable for robbing five bank tellers at two separate banks while masked and carrying an item appearing to be a firearm.  The defendant’s actions had a tremendous impact on each of the victims, who displayed courage in both their response to his actions and in testifying in court about the terrifying experience,” said Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Suhl, who prosecuted the case.