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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v Robert Schatzman

Repeat robber caught by DNA on dropped hat

Crime In Fall of 2013, an armed man robbed two banks.
Evidence While fleeing from the second robbery, the robber dropped a hat, which was taken as evidence.
DNA The Allegheny County crime lab developed DNA mixture data from the hat, finding DNA from four or more individuals.
Match Too complex for the crime lab’s manual interpretation method, the lab could draw no conclusion from the evidence.
TrueAllele On the same DNA data, the computer connected the hat to Robert Schatzman with a match statistic of 3.84 billion.
Cybergenetics    On November 2, 2015, Dr. Mark Perlin testified at the Allegheny County trial about the computer’s DNA match statistic.
Outcome On February 4, 2016, Robert Schatzman was convicted of felony robbery. He was sentenced to 1 ½ years in prison.