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August 22, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For two weeks, while her husband lay in a coma, Carrie Statkus sat at his bedside and never stopped talking. Friends and relatives joined in, whispering words of encouragement to John Statkus, whose prognosis was grave from the second he was shot in the head during the robbery of his Wells Fargo van in May. "I talked about everything," she said Wednesday, glancing at her husband seated next to her. "I talked about the weather or music."
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August 22, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For two weeks, while her husband lay in a coma, Carrie Statkus sat at his bedside and never stopped talking. Friends and relatives joined in, whispering words of encouragement to John Statkus, whose prognosis was grave from the second he was shot in the head during the robbery of his Wells Fargo van in May. "I talked about everything," she said Wednesday, glancing at her husband seated next to her. "I talked about the weather or music."
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May 17, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An armored car guard was shot and critically wounded Thursday while servicing an automated teller machine at a convenience store, police said. Three people were held for questioning in the shooting. John G. Statkus, 24, of Fullerton, was listed in extremely critical condition at UCI Medical Center in Orange, hospital spokeswoman Elaine Beno said.
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June 15, 1991 | BILL BILLITER
Quick identification of suspects in an armored-car shooting last month came because a woman in the neighborhood took note of suspicious activity and memorized a car license plate, according to testimony in a hearing at Municipal Court Friday in Westminster. Garden Grove Police Detective Robert M. Donahue told the court that a woman out on her morning walk near Magnolia and Chapman streets May 16 heard shots and saw a car fleeing.
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January 11, 1992 | ROSE KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Pomona man who shot and permanently maimed an armored truck driver during a botched robbery in May was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison. Mark A. Blount, 26, received the maximum sentence for the shooting of John Statkus, 25, at an automated teller machine. Judge Donald A. McCartin noted Blount's possession of a gun, his intent to injure, and his criminal record dating to age 15, which included armed assault, burglary and parole violations.
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March 7, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY
Two men, whose bungled armored car robbery in Garden Grove left the lone driver seriously wounded, were each sentenced Friday to nine years in prison. The defendants, Thomas Chaney, 28, and Gilbert Green, 22, both of Ontario, were found guilty earlier this year of attempted murder, second-degree robbery and participation in a crime where a gun was used.
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January 18, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court jury convicted an Ontario man Friday in connection with the botched robbery of a security guard who was gravely wounded after servicing an automated teller machine in Garden Grove. Thomas Anthony Chaney, 28, was found guilty of attempted murder, second-degree robbery, assault with a firearm and conspiracy to commit robbery, according to a court clerk. Superior Court Judge Kathleen E. O'Leary scheduled Chaney's sentencing for Feb. 28.
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January 25, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY
The last of three men charged with a botched robbery in Garden Grove that left an armored car driver critically wounded was convicted Friday of attempted murder. A Superior Court jury also convicted Gilbert Green, 22, of Ontario on charges of armed robbery, assault with a firearm and conspiracy to commit robbery, as well as on three sentencing enhancements of using a firearm. Green faces a maximum of 11 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 28.
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June 2, 1991 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A suspect in the shooting of an armored car guard two weeks ago has been captured in Las Vegas and returned to Orange County to face attempted-murder charges, along with two others allegedly involved in the botched holdup, police said Saturday. Mark Anthony Blount, 25, of Pomona, who taunted Garden Grove police by challenging them to catch him, was arrested near the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday night and returned to the Orange County Jail on Friday night, Garden Grove Police Sgt.
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November 21, 1991 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As trial opened Wednesday for Mark Anthony Blount, who is accused of shooting an armored van driver in a botched robbery, the prosecutor disclosed that the key identification will be made by a 9-year-old boy. Deputy Dist. Atty. Arnold Westra told jurors in Orange County Superior Court that several witnesses will describe various aspects of the May 16 robbery that left Wells Fargo driver John Statkus badly wounded.
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December 17, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two men on trial for their alleged participation in an armored van holdup that went awry admitted planning the robbery but denied any involvement in a shooting that left the van's driver severely wounded, their attorneys said Monday. Gilbert Orlandus Green, 23, and Thomas Anthony Chaney, 29, both of Ontario, are accused of attempted murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery in the shooting May 16 of armored van driver John Statkus, who was guarding more than $200,000.
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