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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 12, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SPRINGFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO 70 MONTHS IN PRISON

FOR 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 robbing a local bank.


            Bryan Anderson York, 43, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this afternoon to 70 months in federal prison without parole.


            On April 28, 2008, York pleaded guilty to stealing $8,562 from Empire Bank, 1400 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, on Nov. 29, 2006. York , who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and a red bandana over his face, entered the bank at about 4:30 p.m. York approached several employees and demanded that they give him money from the bank’s teller drawers. York placed the money in a black plastic bag and left the bank.


            After one of the dye packs in the money taken in the robbery exploded, York discarded the bag in a dumpster near the bank. York fled from Springfield police officers in a short vehicle pursuit but eventually stopped his truck and was arrested.


            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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