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Woman charged in September Pa. bank robbery

co-suspect later killed by police

November 23, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A Martinsburg, W.Va., woman has been charged in connection with a September bank robbery in which the co-suspect in the case was later shot and killed by police in West Virginia.

Christina M. Leonard, 28, was charged by Chambersburg police with criminal conspiracy to commit robbery in the Sept. 22 holdup of the F&M branch at 841 Wayne Ave.

A woman drove Michael Kelly Silver to the bank and then out of the area, police said.

Leonard is incarcerated in Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., on unrelated charges, police said.

The robbery occurred shortly before 3 p.m., when a man entered the bank, pulled a handgun and handed a note to an employee demanding cash, police said. The man was last seen fleeing the bank on foot, police said.

Silver, 42, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was shot and killed Sept. 26 by Martinsburg Police Lt. Terry Stanley and Cpl. Adam Albaugh after he carjacked a woman and her 4-year-old child at Martinsburg Mall. A Berkeley County grand jury ruled the shooting of Silver was justifiable, Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said in October.

Stanley and Albaugh shot Silver several times while he was in the carjacked vehicle in the ATM lane at a bank on Foxcroft Avenue, Martinsburg police said. Police vehicles had blocked the sedan into the ATM lane, police said.

The woman was attempting to get out of the passenger-side door when police ordered Silver to get out of the car, police said. Silver pointed what appeared to be a handgun at one officer before he was shot, police said.

The weapon Silver had was later found to be a BB gun, police said.

The child was in a safety seat in the back seat and was not injured, police said. The mother was also unharmed, police said.

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