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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Winchester Virginia Man Gets 10 Years and Will Pay Back Over 12,000 Dollars

Bank Robbery is not so profitable after all.

From the Office of United States Attorney John L. Brownlee

April 6, 2006

MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR BANK ROBBERIES

United States Attorney John L. Brownlee announced today that Todd Christopher LaPlante, age 32, of Winchester, Virginia, was sentenced to 10 years and five months in prison for bank robbery. LaPlante was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $12,336.00.
LaPlante was sentenced by the honorable Judge Samuel G. Wilson in United States District Court in Harrisonburg.

LaPlante’s co-defendant, Jeremy Scott Whitlock, 22, of Winchester, is scheduled to be sentenced April 27, 2006.

According to evidence presented by the United States, on September 20, 2005, Whitlock and Laplante drove to the Bank of Clarke County in Winchester. While Whitlock waited in the car, Laplante entered the Bank of Clark County and demanded money, handing the teller a note that said he had a gun and would use it. Laplante got back in the car with Whitlock and the pair drove off with $3,883.00.

On September 26, 2005, Whitlock and Laplante drove to the Front Royal, Virginia Savings Bank. While Whitlock waited in the car outside, Laplante went into the bank and demanded money, handing the teller a note that said he had a gun and would use it. Laplante left the bank with $1,301.00.

As part of the plea agreements, both men have also admitted to robbing the Citizens National Bank in Martinsburg, West Virginia on August 31, 2005. The robbery is being considered when the defendants are sentenced.

The case was investigated by Special Agent Daniel E. Stiefvater of the FBI and Jason Ryman of the Front Royal Police Department Criminal Investigation Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Bill Gould is prosecuting the case.

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