An article published in the Northern Virginia Daily recently discusses the case of a Winchester man convicted of robbing a Maryland bank with his grandson. The 54-year-old must serve more than 56 years in prison for robbing one bank in 2007 and attempting to rob another lending institution a month later. The official sentence handed down by Judge Catherine C. Blake sentences the man to 56 years and eight months according to information provided in a press release issued by the office of U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
When the sentence was announced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, the accused made no statement. A federal jury found the man guilty of various firearms violations and armed bank robbery in March 2009 stemming from a robbery that occurred on October 22, 2007. According to the press release, the man robbed the M&T Bank in Hagerstown of $33,888. In the course of committing the robbery and fleeing the scene, the man fired a shotgun at a police vehicle, stole a handgun, and held a mother and daughter hostage at gunpoint for several hours while he eluded law enforcement officials.
According to testimony from the man’s trial, the 56-year-old enlisted his 18-year-old grandson to assist with the robbery. The grandson, who was 17 at the time the robbery took place, wore pantyhose to conceal his identity during the robbery while his grandfather wore a mask. The grandson was charged in connection with his role in the robbery but agreed to cooperate with investigators. Through a plea bargain with his criminal defense attorney and prosecutors, the grandson’s case was kept in juvenile court.
While attempting to rob the Susquehanna Bank in Hagerstown on Nov. 24, 2007, the man used a stolen gun which lead to the additional weapons charges. His criminal defense lawyers sought a sentence of fifty years for their client, but Judge Blake enhanced the man’s sentence after discovering that he had three previous violent felony convictions on his record.
The federal government dismissed two counts of conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery against the man and his case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hagerstown Police Department.
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Source article: http://www.nvdaily.com/news/2009/06/city-man-gets-nearly-57-years-for-md-ban.html