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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v Jesse Lumberger

Cemetery clothing DNA tags bank robber

Crime On May 15, 2013, a Huntington Bank in McKeesport, PA was robbed at knife point. The robber left on foot with $3,700 in cash.
Evidence A blue shirt and a pair of jeans were recovered, discarded by the robber in the McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery while fleeing the crime scene.
DNA The Allegheny County crime lab developed DNA mixture data from this biological evidence. There was DNA from at least three people on each of the clothing items.
Match The crime lab's manual inclusion analysis of the DNA mixtures could not produce a match statistic much beyond a hundred thousand.
TrueAllele On the same DNA data, the computer separated the mixtures into their genetic components. TrueAllele connected Mr. Lumberger to the blue shirt with a match statistic of 117 quintillion, and to the jeans pockets with a statistic of 1.82 quadrillion.
Cybergenetics    On December 2, 2014, Dr. Mark Perlin testified at the Allegheny County trial before the Honorable Joseph Williams, III about the DNA match statistics in this case.
Outcome Lumberger was found guilty of two counts of robbery, and other charges. He was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison on the felony one robbery conviction.
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