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Man pleads guilty to shooting teller during robbery
GREENSBURG, Pa. (7/8/11)--A Crafton, Pa., man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from a Jan. 8, 2010, robbery that left two tellers of Westmoreland Community FCU injured. David Louis Mathis, 47, faced a possible life sentence. However, he pleaded guilty to using a firearm during a crime of violence in exchange for an agreement that he would serve the mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and five years on probation, said Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (July 7). During the robbery, Mathis walked into the Greensburg, Pa.-based credit union shortly before 4 p.m. and fired a 9 mm pistol at a teller's computer monitor. The bullet went through the monitor and struck the teller in the stomach. A second bullet appeared to target another teller's head, but the teller ducked and the bullet hit the wall behind her. Two other shots were fired at random, said the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Jan. 8, 2010). He also pistol-whipped another female teller when the teller who was shot couldn't open the vault. According to the Tribune-Review, Mathis fled the credit union with $6,878 and got into a sports utility vehicle driven by Lamont Laprade, 34, of Huntington, W.Va. The getaway vehicle was pointed in the wrong direction and became blocked by a member pulling into the credit union. Mathis and Laprade opened fire on the other vehicle before turning the SUV around and fleeing. They abandoned the SUV and fled through snow on foot. State Troopers found Laprade hiding in a barn two miles away. Mathis was arrested the next day at a mall trying to buy shoes and clothing after spending the night in the cold. Laprade faces six charges, including armed bank robbery and conspiracy. Sentencing for Mathis is set for Oct. 26.


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