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KC Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to the armed robbery of Bank of America nearly seven years ago.

Marlon Jaye Larry, 40, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to the charges contained in a Feb. 4, 2008, federal indictment. Larry was a fugitive from justice until his arrest in Pennsylvania in March 2013.

By pleading guilty today, Larry admitted that he used a handgun to steal $38,938 from Bank of America, 10731 State Line Rd., Kansas City, on June 27, 2007. Larry, wearing a disguise, entered Bank of America just after 8 a.m. that day. According to court records, Larry ran up to the bank manager as he approached the outside front door of the bank. The manager tried to push Larry away, but Larry struck him in the head with a handgun. Larry then told the employees inside the bank to get on the floor and said, "You better not hit any alarms or I'll kill you all."

Larry brandished a loaded handgun at a teller window and ordered bank employees to get on the floor. He ordered the employees to open the bank’s cash vault, but they were unable to do so. The cash vault locked and could not be opened. Larry then ordered them to place money from their teller drawers into a black trash bag he had brought into the bank. Larry started to leave the bank and then came back and asked for car keys. One of the bank employees gave Larry the keys to his car.

Later that day, police officer searched the residence of a female acquaintance of Larry’s. They found a black plastic trash bag, which contained $28,609 stolen from Bank of America, in the garage. Police also found a Taurus 9mm handgun in a box next to the trash bag.

Larry pleaded guilty today to one count of armed bank robbery and one count of using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

Under federal statutes, Larry is subject to a sentence of up to 25 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000, on the armed bank robbery conviction. Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Larry will be sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole, to be served consecutively, on the firearm conviction. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Michael Green. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo, Police Department.
Updated January 15, 2015