Man accused in woman's death convicted of bank robbery Defendant could receive 65-year federal term

June 15, 1996|By Scott Higham | Scott Higham,SUN STAFF

A man awaiting trial in the slaying of a woman outside a Waverly bank last year was convicted yesterday on federal bank robbery and gun charges and could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Andre Allen and an accomplice, James Purnell, were convicted for taking part in a spate of holdups last summer in Baltimore.

Allen had pleaded guilty to the crimes two months ago, but withdrew his deal with federal prosecutor Thomas M. DiBiagio.

The conviction means that Allen, 35, could receive a 65-year prison term under federal sentencing guidelines.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake did not set a sentencing date yesterday.

Last month, Allen withdrew a plea agreement he made with state prosecutors. In that case, he admitting murdering Pearl Elizabeth Moffett last June.

Prosecutors say Moffett's nephew, Danny Paul McGee, set up )) his aunt by giving Allen her banking schedule so Allen could rob her and split the payroll money from a family cleaning business with McGee.

McGee was convicted of first-degree murder in that case last month.

Allen will stand trial in the slaying this summer. If convicted, Allen could receive a life sentence. But before serving any time in state prison, he must complete his federal sentence.

Pub Date: 6/15/96

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