Contact: Darcie N. McElwee
Assistant United States Attorney
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Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Walter Heathcote, 26, of Biddeford, Maine was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge Nancy Torresen to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release for interference with commerce by robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon. Heathcote pleaded guilty to the charges on December 18, 2014.
Court records reveal that on December 2, 2013, Heathcote was the getaway driver for Charles Reed III and Ryan Forrest who robbed at gunpoint the Family Dollar Store in Biddeford.
As a result of prior convictions, Heathcote was subject to an enhanced sentence as an armed career criminal requiring a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison.
The investigation was conducted by the Biddeford Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.