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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

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AUGUST 17, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


GEORGIA MAN SENTENCED FOR BANK ROBBERIES


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Atlanta, Ga., man was sentenced in federal court today for robbing or attempting to rob two banks on the same day.


             Dan W. Russell, 41, of Atlanta, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to three years and one month in federal prison without parole.


             On April 20, 2007, Russell pleaded guilty to the charges contained in two separate federal indictments. Russell admitted that he stole $1,226 from Enterprise Bank and Trust, 7612B Prairie View Rd., Kansas City, Mo., by using a robbery demand note on Nov. 24, 2006. Russell also pleaded guilty to a federal charge from the District of Kansas, admitting that, on the same day, he attempted to rob the Bank of Atchison, 701 N. Kansas Ave., Atchison, Kan.


            Three co-defendants – Christopher C. Pinkston, 28, Kevin W. Vinson, 21, and Nakia Gross, 31, all of Leavenworth, Kan. – have also pleaded guilty to charges contained in a Dec. 5, 2006 federal indictment. Additionally, Pinkston and Gross have pleaded guilty to federal charges from the District of Kansas.


            Pinkston pleaded guilty on May 3, 2007, to participating with Russell in the Enterprise Bank and Trust robbery. He also pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to commit bank robberies from Sept. 15 to Nov. 24, 2006, and to stealing $15,000 from National Bank of Kansas City, 2443 N.W. Paririe View Rd., Platte City, Mo., by using a robbery demand note on Oct. 27, 2007. Pinkston also pleaded guilty to a federal charge from the District of Kansas, admitting that he stole $5,000 from UMB Bank, 20652 151st St., Olathe, Kan., by using a robbery demand note on Oct. 20, 2006.


            Gross pleaded guilty on May 31, 2007, to the bank robbery conspiracy, as well as the Enterprise Bank and Trust robbery and the National Bank of Kansas City robbery. Gross also pleaded guilty to a federal charge from the District of Kansas, admitting that she stole $1,798 from Bank Midwest, 22120 Midland Dr., Shawnee, Kan., on Sept. 15, 2006. In each of those robberies, Gross admitted, she served as the lookout and getaway driver.


            Vinson pleaded guilty on April 12, 2007, to stealing $1,454 from U.S. Bank, 2701 S. Belt, St. Joseph, Mo., on Oct. 10, 2006.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney K. Michael Warner. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the St. Joseph, Mo., Police Department, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Platte County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, and the Missouri Highway Patrol.


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