Suspect in double slaying pleads guilty to bank robbery charges


A suspect in a double slaying in Loch Raven in 1995 pleaded guilty yesterday to bank robbery charges in U.S District Court, closing a difficult case for federal prosecutors.

Anthony Zenone, 30, pleaded guilty to robbing First National Bank in Arnold on Sept. 2, 1993, wearing a Ronald Reagan mask. During a trial in October, jurors were deadlocked on reaching a verdict on that robbery, but convicted him of committing two other bank robberies.

Zenone could receive 20 years in prison on each count when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Frederic N. Smalkin on March 5.

Zenone pleaded guilty on the same day he was scheduled to be retried by prosecutor Thomas DiBiagio. On Wednesday, a federal jury convicted his brother, Michael Zenone, 28, of robbing two banks while wearing a Richard Nixon mask. Michael Zenone's first trial in October ended when jurors were deadlocked on the robbery counts.

The brothers are in prison pending sentencing.

Police say the Zenone brothers are suspects in the slayings of Vernon A. Smith and Vincent B. Young, whose bodies were found in shallow water near the Warren Road bridge June 15, 1995. No charges have been filed.

Pub Date: 12/14/96

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