Brother in Infamous Crime Spree Family Pleads Guilty in Valdosta Robbery

By: Eames Yates, Associated Press, Greg Gullberg Email
By: Eames Yates, Associated Press, Greg Gullberg Email

Associated Press Release

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- A man says he's guilty of robbing a south Georgia bank with his brother and sister during a crime spree that started with a police chase in Florida and ended in a shootout in Colorado.

Dylan Dougherty Stanley pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Macon to charges that he helped his siblings rob Certus Bank in Valdosta last year and fired an assault rifle into the bank's ceiling.

The 27-year-old suspect from Zephyrhills, Fla., reached a plea deal with prosecutors, as his two siblings did last month. Terms were not disclosed. All three will be sentenced in December.

The siblings pleaded guilty to Colorado charges last August. They still face charges in Florida, where authorities say they shot at a police officer during a high-speed chase.


Valdosta, GA - October 1, 2012

A brother and sister - accused in a cross country crime spree - stood before a judge in Valdosta today.

They're part of the so-called Dougherty gang. They wore orange jail jumpsuits as they entered a plea to bank robbery.

Ryan and Lee Grace Dougherty entered pleas of guilty today in Federal court. Each of them faces a maximum of 25 years in prison for bank robbery.

Ken Klanicki, Lowndes County Resident: "because they pleaded guilty there is no jury trial. They have basically turned themselves over to the mercy of the court."

The Doughertys' cross country crime spree ended in Colorado after a shoot out with police, but it began in the southeast.

In August of last year Ryan, Lee Grace and Dylan Dougherty robbed the Certus Bank on Norman Drive using automatic weapons.

Brian Childress, Valdosta Police Department: "any time you have a bank robbery that's a big case, but the fact that these folks were, they came in blazing basically with their weapons. And that fact that just prior to robbing our bank they actually shot at and, in my opinion, tried to kill a deputy in Florida."

They have yet to face charges for that shooting in Florida.

In Colorado, they've already been sentenced to more than 15 years each.

Initially all three siblings had entered a plea of NOT guilty for the bank robbery, but that plea changed for Ryan and Lee Grace after reaching an agreement with prosecutors.

Ken Klanicki: "Ryan Dougherty, whenever he actually pleaded guilty, when he said the word the actual word guilty, I heard his voice break."

At last check the third sibling who was not in court, Dylan Dougherty, is not scheduled to enter a new plea of guilty.

The Doughertys are currently being held at an undisclosed location, and will be sentenced on December 17, 2012 in Valdosta.


Valdosta, GA - October 1, 2012

2 out of the 3 Dougherty siblings appeared in federal court today in Valdosta.

Ryan and Lee Grace Dougherty both entered pleas of guilty today in Federal court. They're charged with bank robbery.

They're also charged with possession of a firearm while in commission of a crime. The Doughertys' crime spree began in August of 2011.

They fired at an officer in Florida and then drove to Valdosta where they robbed the Certus Bank using automatic weapons. The Doughertys were eventually caught in Colorado after a shootout with police.

Each sibling has already been sentenced to more than 15 years each in Colorado.

They will be sentenced in Valdosta on December 17th.. The Doughertys had initially entered a plea of not guilty but changed that plea as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

They still face charges in Florida.


Valdosta, GA - October 1, 2012

Two of three siblings accused of robbing a south Georgia bank during a crime spree that started in Florida and ended with a shootout in Colorado plan to enter new pleas in a Georgia court.

Ryan Dougherty and Lee Grace Dougherty are to appear Monday in federal court in Valdosta for a change of plea hearing. Their brother, Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, is not scheduled to enter a new plea.

All three pleaded not guilty in May to Georgia bank robbery and gun charges.

The siblings pleaded guilty to Colorado charges last August. Ryan Dougherty got 18 years, Lee Dougherty received 24 years and Dylan Stanley-Dougherty got 32 years for those charges.

They still face charges in Florida, where authorities say they shot at an officer during a high-speed chase.


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