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Wichita Man Pleads Guilty
To Brandishing Firearm During Bank Robbery



Nov. 29, 2011

WICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita man has pleaded guilty in connection with an armed bank robbery in 2010, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

David L. Hollis, III, 29, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of brandishing a firearm during a Dec. 1, 2010, robbery at Equity Bank in Wichita. In his plea, he admitted he was one of three men who entered the bank with their faces covered and wearing hooded sweatshirts. Two of the men were brandishing firearms. They collected money from tellers’ drawers and the bank’s vault before fleeing in stolen cars.

The robbers drove to an apartment complex at 5400 E. 21st, where they stopped their car and fled on foot. Officers followed Hollis into Building 12, where they arrested him. They recovered items of clothing Hollis had hidden in a fire extinguisher box. Investigators matched Hollis to DNA found on a Bersa handgun in one of the getaway cars. There was dye from an exploded security dye pack on his shirt.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 15. Prosecutors will ask for a sentenced of 84 months in federal prison.

Co-defendants include:
Shelan D. Peters, who was sentenced to 97 months. Peters was shot during the chase after the bank robbery.
Raymond L. Rogers, who is on trial this week in U.S. District Court in Wichita.

Grissom commended the Wichita Police Department, the FBI, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch for their work on the case.



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