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Northern District of Ohio

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Northeast Ohio couple sentenced to prison for 16 robberies or attempted robberies to fund their drug habit

A Northeast Ohio couple was sentenced to prison for 16 armed robberies or attempted robberies to fund their drug habit.

Casey Layne Liberty, 31, of Amherst, and Daniel T. Begin, 33, of Cleveland, were both sentenced to 71 months on prison. Both were ordered to pay $6,598 in restitution.

The pair previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery, bank robbery, conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and Hobbs Act robbery.

“This pair went on a monthlong crime spree in which they robbed banks and stores to feed their drug habit,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “It’s a miracle no one was killed, and we’re gratified this duo will be off the street.”

“This pair posed a danger to people doing their banking or simply picking up lunch,” Anthony said. “The fine work of the FBI agents, along with nearly a dozen police departments, has made our community safer.”

Liberty wore a disguise and robbed banks and stores while Begin acted as the getaway driver, according to court documents.

The pair admitted to following bank robberies last year: Andover Bank in Conneaut on Sept. 19, Chase Bank in Medina on Sept. 28, First National Bank in Beachwood on Oct. 4 and the Chase Bank in Fairlawn on Oct. 12.

They also pleaded guilty to robbing a Subway in Findlay on Sept. 26, a Seven Eleven in Brunswick on Sept. 28, a Gamestop in Elyria on Oct. 7, a Domino’s Pizza in Madison on Oct. 10, a Mr. Hero in Canton on Oct. 11, a Subway in Avon on Oct. 15, a Subway in Elyria on Oct. 16, a Mr. Hero in Perkins Township on Oct. 19, a Domino’s Pizza in North Olmsted on Oct. 22 and a Mr. Hero in Berea on Oct. 22.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ranya Elzein and Robert J. Patton following an investigation by the FBI and the police departments of Conneaut, North Olmsted, Medina, Beachwood, Avon, Elyria, Findlay, Perkins Township, Madison, Berea and North Ridgeville.

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Updated July 31, 2018