NEW HAMPSHIRE WOMAN SENTENCED TO 70 MONTHS
ON ARMED ROBBERY CHARGES
CONCORD, NH: Michelle Despres, formerly of Manchester, NH, was sentenced today to 70 months in prison, followed by a three year period of supervised release at a hearing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Steven J. McAuliffe. Despres had previously pled guilty to five charges relating to a series of armed robberies including conspiracy to commit robbery; three counts of robbery; and one count of attempted robbery announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
Michelle Despres and co-conspirators Phillip Rawnsley and Justin Reynolds were arrested on December 29, 2007 during an attempted armed robbery of the night deposit drop of a Bedford, New Hampshire business. After a brief investigation of the crime, law enforcement officials tied Rawnsley and Despres to three prior armed robberies in Manchester and Allenstown.
This case was investigated by the New Hampshire State Police, Manchester Police Department, Allenstown Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Perkes.
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