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CU wheelchair robber with hoax bomb to serve 3 years in prison
MELBOURNE, Fla. (9/14/09)--A paraplegic who attempted to rob Merritt Island Space Coast CU was sentenced to 34.5 months in prison after pleading guilty to robbery charges. The man, Christopher Reed, also was charged with possession of a hoax bomb. Reed entered Space Coast CU Nov. 14 and demanded money after telling employees he had an explosive. Police found him 10 minutes after he left the credit union. Reed told police he had given the cash to two unknown individuals who had threatened him with a gun and told him to rob the credit union (Florida Today Sept. 9). Police found a bottle of vodka in Reed’s wheelchair and money inside his prosthetic leg. Reed had his leg amputated about six weeks before the incident and was taking prescription drugs, the newspaper said. Robbery and possession of an explosive are second-degree felonies and punishable by up to 15 years in prison for each offense. Reed’s plea agreement allowed him to limit his prison term to no more than six years.


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