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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 5, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN SENTENCED FOR BANK ROBBERIES

IN SPRINGFIELD, SWEET SPRINGS


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for robbing Great Southern Bank in Springfield, Mo., and First Community Bank in Sweet Springs, Mo.


            Steven Kyle Baugh, 45, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to seven years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Baugh to pay $2,470 in restitution to the two banks he robbed.


            On May 20, 2008, Baugh pleaded guilty to robbing First Community Bank, 300 S. Miller St., in Sweet Springs, on April 8, 2008. Baugh handed the teller a note in which he threatened to shoot her, although the teller did not observe any weapons. The teller gave Baugh $950 from her drawer and he left the bank.


            Baugh also pleaded guilty to robbing Great Southern Bank, 507 E. Kearney in Springfield, on April 16, 2008. Baugh handed the bank teller a note demanding cash and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t comply with the note’s demand. When the teller gave him $1,520 from her drawer, Baugh ran out of the bank and drove away in a 1997 Mercury.


            Investigators traced the vehicle to its owner, Baugh’s girlfriend, in Kansas City. Baugh was arrested at a mall in the Kansas City area later on the same day as the Springfield robbery.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas C. Bunch. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.


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