October 30, 1999 |
One of two Camp Pendleton Marines wanted in connection with six bank robberies in three states was arrested Friday in Idaho on suspicion of drunk driving, an FBI spokeswoman said. Authorities believe Benjamin Michael Johns, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colo., took the lead role in robberies that he and Nicholas Paul Hills, 21, are wanted for in California, Oregon and Washington. Hills was arrested Wednesday. Johns was arrested in Mountain Home, Idaho, about 1:30 a.m.
November 7, 1998 |
Ray Lewis Bowman, accused of being one of the "Trench Coat Robbers," was convicted by a federal jury in Tacoma, Wash., of what is believed to be the largest bank robbery in U.S. history. Jurors found Bowman, 50, guilty of bank robbery, conspiracy to commit bank robbery and two other charges. The government alleges that from 1982 to 1997, Bowman and William Arthur Kirkpatrick, 58, of Hovland, Minn., pulled off 28 bank robberies that netted more than $8 million. The trial centered on the Feb.
October 7, 1998 |
A woman who presided over a gang of bank robbers was sentenced in Olympia, Wash., to 10 years in prison. Virginia Marie Kay, 33, was accused of sending her 14-year-old daughter, two 15-year-old girls and a 20-year-old to hold up a bank July 31. She pleaded guilty to armed robbery and assault. Prosecutor Phil Harju said Kay recruited the robbers, planned the crime, decided who would do what while she waited in the woods and took custody of the loot--$1,089.
January 17, 1998 |
A wife and mother with no criminal record told investigators she robbed five banks of $5,500 with a toy gun to save her house from foreclosure and to buy food and Christmas gifts. Lisa M. Dressel, 32, was arrested Jan. 8 and pleaded not guilty this week to a charge of bank robbery. More charges are expected in the other holdups. Dressel and her husband, Mike, who have a young son, were $6,000 behind on their mortgage payments, according to court papers.
December 4, 1997 |
The last of four militia members accused in a series of bombings and bank robberies was sentenced to 55 years in prison. Brian Ratigan, 39, was convicted in September of participating in a bombing at a Planned Parenthood clinic and robbing a U.S. Bank branch in the Spokane Valley. The other three men were sentenced in October to life terms for their participation in the July 12, 1996, crimes and for bombing a newspaper office and robbing and bombing the bank in April 1996.
July 24, 1997 |
Three members of an anti-government militia group were convicted in a string of pipe bombings and bank robberies last year that prosecutors called domestic terrorism. A federal jury in Spokane convicted the men on eight felony counts after deliberating for less than eight hours after a four-week trial. Verne Jay Merell, 51, Charles Barbee, 45, and Robert S. Berry, 43, all of Sandpoint, Idaho, face mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole.