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Man convicted in Hagerstown bank heist

March 26, 2009

BALTIMORE -- A federal jury on Thursday convicted a man in connection with a 2007 bank robbery in Hagerstown, a heist in which his grandson was his accomplice, according to a press release from the office of Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.

David Wilbert Shanton Sr., 54, of Winchester, Va., was convicted on armed bank robbery and gun charges arising from the Oct. 22, 2007, robbery of M&T Bank on Dual Highway, according to Rosenstein's office.

Shanton also was convicted on a charge of attempted robbery of another bank, according to Rosenstein's office.

According to testimony at his four-day trial, Shanton got away with $33,888 in the M&T robbery.

Shanton fired a shotgun at a police car responding to the bank robbery, stole a handgun and held a mother and her daughter hostage at gunpoint for several hours while he eluded the police, according to testimony and printed accounts of the robbery.

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Evidence presented at trial also showed he used the stolen gun during an attempted robbery of Susquehanna Bank at 1326 Salem Ave. in Hagerstown on Nov. 24, 2007.

Shanton faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison on each of two counts of armed bank robbery; a mandatory minimum of 35 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison for two counts of using a gun during a crime of violence; and 10 years in prison on each of two counts of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for June 19.

Shanton's grandson, Kevin Andre Shanton, also was charged in connection with the M&T Bank robbery, during which 17 people inside the bank were threatened with a shotgun, according to published reports.

Kevin Shanton, who was 17 at the time of the robbery, agreed June 8, 2008, in Washington County Circuit Court to admit to his involvement and testify against his grandfather, the co-defendant. In return for his cooperation, his case was sent to juvenile court, where the penalties are less severe.

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