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Va. grandfather faces sentencing for bank robbery

June 19, 2009

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A Virginia man faces sentencing for robbing a Hagerstown bank with his grandson.

David Shanton Sr., 54, of Winchester, Va., was scheduled to appear in federal court in Baltimore on Friday morning.

A jury convicted him in March on bank robbery and gun charges for the robbery of an M&T Bank in Hagerstown in October 2007 and the attempted robbery of a nearby Susquehanna Bank a month later.

Kevin Shanton was 17 at the time. He admitted his involvement and agreed to testify against his grandfather in return for having his case moved to juvenile court.

During the October robbery, David Shanton fired a shotgun at a police car, took a deputy's handgun and held a mother and child hostage in their apartment for about six hours.

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