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JULY 2, 2007
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BALTIMORE CONVICTED MURDERER PLEADS GUILTY TO BANK ROBBERY
Robbed Bank after Receiving Probation for Murder
Baltimore, Maryland - George Robert Chaney, age 45, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to bank robbery, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said, "Mr. Chaney was granted probation in state court for murder. He will serve much more time in federal prison, with no parole, for committing a bank robbery one month later."
According to the plea agreement presented to the court, Chaney was convicted of second degree murder in 2007, bank robbery in1995 and second degree murder in 1980, as well as theft. On March 8, 2007, Chaney was sentenced on the second degree murder conviction to 30 years, with 28 years, 8 months and 10 days suspended. He was released from prison that day.
About one month later, on April 11, 2007, Chaney robbed the Provident Bank of Maryland, located at 2118 East Monument Street in Baltimore. Chaney handed a bank teller a demand note and fled the bank with $620. A bank customer chased Chaney and apprehended him near the bank. Chaney was arrested and $620 was recovered from his pocket. Chaney subsequently confessed to the bank robbery.
Chaney faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for September 10, 2007 at 9:15 a.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Baltimore Police Department for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul E. Budlow, who is prosecuting the case.