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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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NOVEMBER 18, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


HOLLISTER MAN SENTENCED TO 47 YEARS IN PRISON

FOR THREE ARMED BANK ROBBERIES


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Hollister, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for three armed bank robberies in Missouri and Oklahoma.


            Bradley Lynn Fortner, 32, of Hollister, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to 47 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Fortner to pay a total of $15,752 in restitution to the banks (in addition to $3,195 that was recovered from one of the robberies by Springfield police officers).


            On April 3, 2008, Fortner pleaded guilty to two separate indictments that charge him with three bank robberies and two counts of brandishing a firearm during a bank robbery. Fortner was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in federal prison for the bank robberies, and to 32 years in federal prison for the two firearm violations, to be served consecutively, for a total of 47 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.


             Fortner admitted that he used a handgun to rob Liberty Bank, 2809 E. Sunshine in Springfield, on June 8, 2007. Fortner approached a female teller behind the counter, lifting the bottom of his shirt to reveal a Beretta .40-caliber handgun in the waistband of his pants. Fortner demanded the teller give him all the money in her drawer. As he took the money and began to leave the bank, Fortner removed the pistol from his pants and held it in his hand.


             Fortner also admitted that he used a handgun to rob Sun Security Bank in Willard, Mo., on July 25, 2007. Fortner pointed the Beretta handgun at two tellers, ordering them to lay the cash from their drawers on top of the counter and threatening to kill them. At one point, Fortner pointed his pistol directly in the face of a male teller.


             In a second federal indictment, Fortner pleaded guilty to using a handgun to rob BancFirst in Tulsa, Okla., on June 21, 2007. Fortner pointed the Beretta handgun at two tellers and demanded money from their drawers. As the tellers complied, the bank’s maintenance employee exited out of the back room. Fortner pointed the pistol and threatened to kill the maintenance man if he interfered. As he was leaving the bank, Fortner encountered another bank employee exiting the break room. Fortner pointed the pistol at the employee and threatened to shoot him.


            This case was 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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