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Valdosta bank robbers indicted

MACON — Sitting in a Colorado jail, Florida’s so-called “Dougherty Gang” now faces charges from a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Georgia.

Two brothers and a sister, Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, and Ryan Edward Dougherty, 22, were indicted on bank robbery and using and carrying a firearm during a violent crime Thursday, U.S. Attorney Michael J. Moore said.

“The indictment arises from the armed bank robbery of the Certus Bank on Norman Drive in Valdosta on Aug. 2,” Moore said. “The three are alleged to have robbed the bank of $5,168 while assaulting and jeopardizing the lives in the bank by discharging, using and carrying firearms, which included an AK-47-type pistol, a machine pistol and a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun.”

The gang’s eight-day crime spree led from Zepherhills, Fla., where police came under fire from the trio, through Valdosta to Utah into Pueblo, Colo., where, after a high-speed chase by police, they wrecked their car and were captured Aug. 10, according to the Associated Press.

Sue McKinney, a spokeswoman for Moore’s office, said that because there are many jurisdictions with many different charges involved, the arraignments in Georgia will have to be scheduled after discussions with other prosecutors.

If found guilty here, McKinney added, the siblings each face a maximum 25 years in prison for bank robbery, a minimum consecutive 10 years to a maximum of life in prison for firing and carrying guns during the commission of a violent crime.

As a felon, Ryan Edward Dougherty also faces up to 10 years in prison for possession of the .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, Moore’s press release stated.

A judge in Huerfano County, Colorado, where the trio is incarcerated in lieu of $1.25 million bail, put off proceedings against the two brothers until Jan. 30 at defense attorneys’ requests, according to The Pueblo Chieftain. They face more than 20 felony charges each in that jurisdiction, including attempted murder, it added.

Lee Grace Dougherty pleaded not guilty to 29 charges, including attempted murder. She heads to trial Feb. 21. She suffered a gunshot to the leg when the getaway car crashed, according to reports.

According to McKinney the trio must eventually return to the Middle District of Georgia to be arraigned, face trial if they plead not guilty, and possibly head to a Georgia prison.