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Man planned bank robbery to pay for his going-to-jail party

Mickey Loniello. | Will County photo

Mickey Loniello. | Will County photo

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Updated: January 29, 2013 6:27AM



He was already facing a lengthy jail term.

So heroin addict Mickey Loniello Jr. figured he’d have a little fun before he turned himself in — by robbing a bank to pay for a going-away party.

But the FBI was in on his ill-conceived plan from the beginning, and on Thursday, Loniello was sentenced to 19 months behind bars.

Loniello, 36, hatched his plot back in 2007 with a pair of co-conspirators, one of whom was a federal informant wearing a wire.

Agents were listening in as the crew plotted to steal a getaway car because Loniello’s had been towed after his arrest, then cased a Chase Bank branch as 933 W. Madison in Oak Park.

The FBI even provided the dud .45 caliber handgun that Loniello planned to use. It was waiting for him and his accomplice Nathaniel Aguilar in the parking lot when they tried to carry out the heist on May 25, 2007.

In court Thursday, Loniello, who previously pleaded guilty under a deal, apologized to Judge James Zagel and said he “was not in the right state of mind” when he attempted the bank robbery. Loniello’s attorney Steven Shobat said Loniello was finally serious about tackling his heroin addiction, a fight that Zagel noted would be “difficult,” but “can be done.”

Loniello already has served his 19-month federal sentence but will now be transferred to the Cook County Jail because he still has a pending drug case.



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