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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Franklin Man Sentenced For Robbing SunTrust Bank

Carried air-soft pistols spray-painted black to look like real firearms

NORFOLK, Va. – Shane Bradshaw, 27, of Franklin, Virginia, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and directed to pay $7,781.50 to SunTrust Bank for his role in robbing the Franklin branch of SunTrust Bank on January 3, 2014. 

Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Royce E. Curtin, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Raymond A. Jackson.

Bradshaw proceeded to a jury trial, but pleaded guilty on August 6, 2014, at the conclusion of the government’s evidence in the case.  According to testimony at trial and court documents, Bradshaw conspired with his co-defendant Louis Doughtie to rob the Franklin branch of SunTrust Bank.  On January 3, 2014, the two men entered the bank, having concealed their faces with ski masks and wearing dark clothing and gloves.  They carried air-soft pistols that they had spray-painted black to look like real firearms.  Bradshaw and Doughtie forced multiple customers waiting in line to the ground, and thenBradshaw leaped over the bank teller counter and personally cleaned out the teller drawers.  The two men escaped with approximately $8,000 in cash. 

Doughtie pleaded guilty on June 17, 2014.  On September 25, 2014, Doughtie was sentenced to 50 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.  He was also ordered to pay restitution to SunTrust Bank. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the City of Franklin, Virginia, Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys V. Kathleen Dougherty and Joseph E. DePadilla prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:14-cr-66.

 

Updated August 11, 2016