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Darby Bank Robber Sentenced
Tuesday, 13 January 2009

January 13-- Edmund A. Booth, Jr., United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, announced today that United States District  Judge B. Avant Edenfield sentenced Anthony Ross McCullouch to 96 months of imprisonment on his conviction for the November 15, 2006 robbery of the Darby Bank and Trust Company at 300 Bull Street in Savannah.  McCullouch had earlier entered a guilty plea on September 15, 2008.

               Booth noted that the evidence showed that during the robbery McCullouch presented a demand note to a teller and after being given a sum of money, McCullouch walked back to the teller and asked for the return of the note.  “No, you’re not getting it back” loudly proclaimed the teller.  McCullouch left the bank without the note, and after a dye pack given to him by the teller detonated and began spewing red smoke, he retreated to a bathroom at the DeSoto Hilton Hotel.  McCullouch then exited the hotel where he encountered numerous state prosecutors and investigators who were attending a seminar  taking place at the hotel.  Several of those conference attendees joined in a foot pursuit of McCullough, only halting their chase when McCullouch turned and pointed a pistol at them and fired two shots. McCullough remained a fugitive until his arrest in June 2008 in Atlanta.

 Booth stated that after hearing testimony at the sentencing hearing from a state prosecutor from Virginia, who had a  21 year career in the United States Marines, Judge Edenfield concluded that McCullouch had discharged a starter’s pistol.

         Booth praised the efforts of  the Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department and the local office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who investigated the case.  . Booth commented that the fingerprint match made by the FBI crime lab in Washington DC of a print on the demand note and the known prints of McCullouch would not have been possible without the courageous action of a victim bank teller in refusing to return the demand note to McCullouch. As  Booth said, “citizens can play a key role in assisting law enforcement and this was certainly an example of courage under fire. “

            McCulloch remains in custody pending his transfer to a facility determined by the Bureau of Prisons.  The government was represented by First Assistant United States Attorney Joe Newman.

 
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