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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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MARCH 13, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FLORIDA MAN SENTENCED FOR BANK ROBBERY


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


             Raymond Lynn Patterson, 46, of Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to five years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Patterson to pay $1,232 in restitution.


             On Nov. 21, 2007, Patterson pleaded guilty to robbing Bank of America, 2940 S. Glenstone in Springfield, on Sept. 6, 2007. Patterson showed a robbery demand note to a bank teller, who provided him with the money from her cash drawer. Patterson took the money and walked out of the bank. Bank surveillance photographs were released to the news media, and Patterson was recognized by a Springfield police officer.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas C. Bunch. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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