10 1/2 -year term is imposed in April theft of $400,000 Baltimore man admits robbing credit union

August 13, 1998|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man who participated in the April 30 robbery of a College Park credit union that was masterminded by his girlfriend has been sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison.

Robert English, 24, of Chatham Road in Northwest Baltimore pleaded guilty to bank robbery and related charges and was sentenced Monday by Judge Deborah Chasanow in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

More than $400,000 was taken in the robbery of the State Employee Credit Union, but most of the money has not been recovered, said Stephen Schenning, first assistant U.S. attorney in Baltimore.

Eric "Marquis" Boyer, 24, of Springdale Avenue in Baltimore also has pleaded guilty to the credit union robbery and is to be sentenced Monday.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, bank robbers and other felons have no chance of parole.

Prosecutors said the robbery was planned by English's girlfriend, April Montague, 23, of Columbia, who worked as a teller at the credit union and knew the most opportune time for a robbery.

Although Montague and another employee were found locked in the vault after two men robbed the credit union, she aroused the suspicion of FBI investigators because she had not followed the usual procedures in closing the facility.

Montague, of Coleman Thomas Road in Columbia, was tried and convicted of bank robbery and is to be sentenced Oct. 19.

Boyer cooperated with prosecutors in his guilty plea, Schenning said, but English refused to testify against Montague.

Pub Date: 8/13/98

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