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Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
United States v. Bowser
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Curtis Bowser (Defendant), Sharon Held(Defendant), and Robert P. Farrelly (Defendant) conspired to take money from a bank in San Francisco, California. Defendant waited outside in a getaway car while Farrelly went inside the bank and handed a note to Held, who worked as a bank teller, demanding money with the threat of violence if she did not comply. Held handed over about $5,000 to Farrelly who carried the money outside the bank and into the getaway car. Held waited a short period of time so that Farrelly could get away before informing her supervisor that she had been robbed. The three defendants were charged with entering a bank with intent to commit a felony in violation of 18 U.S.C.A. § 2113(a); bank larceny in violation of 18 U.S.C.A. § 2113(b); and conspiracy to commit bank larceny in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371. Prior to trial Farrelly and Held entered pleas of guilty to the third count and the other counts were dismissed. Defendant stood trial and was found guilty by a jury on all three counts. Defendant appealed, arguing that he was improperly charged with larceny.
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