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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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DECEMBER 22, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SPRINGFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS IN PRISON

FOR ARMED BANK ROBBERY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for the armed robbery of Bank of America.


            Nathan Allen Forrest, 28, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to 22 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.


            On March 24, 2008, Forrest pleaded guilty to stealing $28,064 from Bank of America, 633 W. Kearney St., in Springfield. Forrest entered the bank at about 12:40 p.m. on Feb. 25, 2008, and ordered customers and bank employees to get down on the floor. Forrest vaulted the teller counter, demanded money from and pointed a handgun directly at multiple bank employees at close range, and threatened to shoot and kill everyone if his orders were not obeyed. Forrest stole money from five separate tellers, then vaulted back over the teller counter and left the bank.


            A Springfield police officer saw Forrest walking across the playground at Watkins Elementary School shortly after the bank robbery. Because he fit the physical description of the bank robber, the officer stopped Forrest and asked for identification. She patted him down and nothing was located on his person. At about 3:45 p.m., Springfield police officers met Forrest, who had changed his clothes, at the home where he was residing. When they examined some of the articles of clothing Forrest was wearing at the time of his stop by the officer earlier that day, they found six rounds of Remington .38-special ammunition.


            Forrest was taken into custody, and while searching a detached garage, officers found a Dan Wesson .357-caliber revolver and a box of ammunition. Officers also found the $28,064 taken in the robbery, which was hidden inside an exterior wall of the garage.


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


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