CNHI News Service


December 18, 2012

'Georgia siblings' handed 35-year sentences

VALDOSTA, Ga. — More than a year after barging into a bank with assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons, a federal judge sentenced the three Dougherty siblings to more than 35 years each in prison without parole.

Lee Grace, Dylan Stanley and Ryan Dougherty each received 228 months imprisonment for count one, robbing a bank and discharging a firearm; 200 months for the second count, using and carrying a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

Each Dougherty is eligible for release after 30 years of good conduct, but must undergo five years of supervised release in any case.

 “When young people do these things and act impulsively, I don’t think they should be hung. But they should be punished severely, and that’s what the court will do,” U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson said.

The bank robbery launched a nationwide manhunt. They were tracked down in Colorado.

The trio was sentenced earlier this year in Colorado for charges associated with the chase and a shootout with police. They still face charges for shooting at a Florida police officer.


Details for this story were provided by The Valdosta (Ga.) Daily Times.

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