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Bank robber gets more than 56 years in prison

June 19, 2009

BALTIMORE -- A Winchester, Va., shotgun-wielding man who was accompanied by his grandson when he robbed a Hagerstown bank was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to more than 56 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Baltimore.

David Wilbert Shanton Sr., 54, was convicted in March of armed bank robbery and gun charges that stemmed from an Oct. 22, 2007, robbery of the M&T Bank on Dual Highway in Hagerstown.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Shanton to 680 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

The judge enhanced Shanton's sentence after finding that he was an armed career criminal, based on three previous convictions for violent felonies, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.

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

He got away with $33,888 in that robbery, the release says.

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

Shanton's grandson, Kevin Andre Shanton, also was charged in 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.

In return for his cooperation, his case was sent to juvenile court, where the penalties are less severe.

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