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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     CONTACT:  Donna Krise
WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2008                                   ACTING PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                                                                               PHONE: (936) 639-4003



(Texarkana, TX)  United States Attorney Becky Gregory announced today that a 49 year old Queen City, Texas man was sentenced for a bank robbery committed in the Eastern District of Texas.

            MATTHEW BILLING SCHLATRE was sentenced to 51 months for the bank robbery, and ordered to pay $8,475.90 in restitution.  Schlatre's sentence stems from the October 6, 2007 robbery of the Century Bank located at 4702 South Lake Drive in Texarkana, Texas.  During a plea hearing earlier this year, Schlatre admitted that he presented a note to a teller, and placed his hands under his shirt to give the appearance that he was carrying a gun.  United States District Judge David Folsom sentenced Schlatre during a hearing today in Texarkana. 

            This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Denise Simpson.

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