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Dougherty siblings plead guilty to two counts

VALDOSTA, Ga. - The Dougherty Gang siblings pled guilty to bank robbery and discharging, using and carrying a firearm in the commission of a crime in connection to a bank robbery in Valdosta last year, spokeswoman Sue McKinney for the U.S. Attorneys Office in the Middle District of Georgia confirms.

In proceedings held before Judge Hugh Lawson earlier today, Ryan Dougherty pled guilty to the two counts on the indictment, as did his sister, Lee Grace Dougherty. Plea agreements were identified and signed, and sentencing has been set for Dec. 17 at 9:30 a.m. in Valdosta.

The proceedings were in connection to the Aug. 2, 2011 Certus Bank armed robbery in Valdosta, which involved gunfire. Ryan Dougherty and Lee Grace Dougherty, along with brother Dylan Stanley Dougherty, reportedly walked into the bank armed with an AK-47 style rifle and a pistol before firing shots into the ceiling and fleeing with stolen cash.

All three had been indicted on those two counts, while Ryan Dougherty was also indicted for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, court documents show.

The bank robbery, McKinney said, carries a maximum sentence of 25 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $250,000 plus up to five years of supervised release. The firearm offense for discharging, using and carrying during the commission of a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum, consecutive sentence of 10 years imprisonment up to a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine plus up to five years of supervised release.

The spree started in Florida when they allegedly fired at in officer in Tampa, and ended when they were eventually captured in Colorado. They have since pled guilty to charges in Colorado.