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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Simpson
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Defendant lived with her boyfriend, Mark Grotte. On the morning of February 27, 1991 he woke up and told her that they were going to rob a bank. They had previously discussed robbing and bank and in January of that year had discussed specifically robbing a bank in a different town. Grotte shaved for the first time in years and the two left for the bank. Defendant drove and Grotte readied his .357 magnum pistol and suitcase containing a trench coat, stocking cap, and woman’s nylon sock.
At the bank, Grotte went in and told defendant to wait with teh car running. He entered the bank, brandished the pistol, and robbed it of $28,000. Defendant drove him to a motel where she got him a room. The FBI then searched their home, and found the gun, live ammunition, and $6,000 in cash. Defendant was arrested and confessed to driving the getaway car.
She was initially charged with aiding and abetting armed bank robbery, alone and the government tried to get her to testify against Grotte. If she did not, they threated to add aiding and abetting the use of a firearm in teh commission of a violent felony. She refused to testify against Grotte, so the second charge was added.
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