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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


AUGUST 31, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


HOLLISTER MAN INDICTED ON ADDITIONAL

BANK ROBBERY, FIREARM CHARGES


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Hollister, Mo., man who was previously indicted for robbing Liberty Bank was indicted by a federal grand jury today on additional bank robbery charges and firearm violations.


            Bradley Lynn Fortner, 31, of Hollister, was charged in a five-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. Today’s superseding indictment replaces a July 26, 2007, federal indictment.


             Today’s superseding indictment contains the original bank robbery charge, alleging that Fortner used a handgun to rob Liberty Bank, 2809 E. Sunshine in Springfield, on June 8, 2007. The superseding indictment also charges Fortner with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. According to the indictment, Fortner possessed a Beretta .40-caliber handgun during the robbery of Liberty Bank.


             Today’s superseding indictment also alleges that Fortner used a handgun to rob Sun Security Bank in Willard, Mo., on July 25, 2007. The federal indictment contains an additional charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, alleging that Fortner also possessed a Beretta .40-caliber handgun during the robbery of Sun Security Bank.


             Fortner is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The federal indictment alleges that Fortner, having been convicted of felony crimes, was in possession of a Beretta .40-caliber handgun on June 8 and July 25, 2007.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in the indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robyn L. McKee. It was investigated by the Springfield, Mo., Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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