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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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SEPTEMBER 12, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SALINE COUNTY MAN SENTENCED

FOR BANK ROBBERY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Saline County, Mo., man was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for robbing the Community Bank in Sweet Springs, Mo.


            Jeffrey Lee Wright, 35, of Saline County, was sentenced by Chief Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. to 41 months imprisonment without parole in U.S. District Court in Kansas City for stealing $10,594 from Community Bank located at 111 N. Locust, Sweet Springs, Mo.


            According to the original charging document, Wright entered the bank at approximately 3:55 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2007. Wright allegedly inquired about checking accounts before asking a bank employee if she could break two $100 bills. After moving from the customer service desk to the teller counter, Wright then demanded “all the money,” and told the bank employee, “it’s not worth your life.” As he spoke, Wright clutched a canvass bag hanging on his side and implied he had a weapon.


            The bank employee began emptying the teller drawers and piling the money on the counter. Wright reached his arms across the teller counter, scooped up the pile of money, and left in his vehicle. Law enforcement investigators traced the vehicle used in the robbery to Wright who was located at a casino in Kansas City, Mo. where he had been actively gambling. Wright was arrested as he was leaving the casino.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney K. Michael Warner. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Marshall, Mo., Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.




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