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United States v. Fentress
Citation:792 F.2d 461 (1986).
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Fentress was charged with various federal bank robbery charges. On March 4, 1985, Fentress entered into a plea agreement with a United States Attorney in which he agreed to plead guilty to one armed bank robbery charge, one bank robbery charge, and six other violations. In exchange, the prosecution promised to suggest a 5 year and 25 year consecutive sentence for the bank robbery charges. Any sentences for the six other charges were to run concurrently with the other sentences in the case. The plea agreement contained a merger clause and made no mention of the 12 year sentence Fentress was already serving or restitution. At sentencing, the prosecution presented the plea agreement arguing that the recommended sentence should be served consecutively with the 12 year sentence and restitution should be made. The district court sentenced Fentress to 25 years plus 5 years for the bank robbery charges, plus concurrent 5 year sentences for each of the six other charges. This sentence was to be served in addition to the 12 years Fentress was already serving. Additionally, the court ordered Fentress to make restitution to the robbed banks.
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