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Bank robber sentenced to federal prison

September 20, 2012
By Journal staff , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - A downstate man was sentenced in federal court today to more than eight years in prison for the 2011 armed robbery of the Northern Michigan Bank & Trust branch in Harvey.

Justin Dee McLean, 30, of Cheboygan entered the bank - located in the Gateway Plaza at the intersection of U.S. 41 and M-28 in Chocolay Township - in October of 2011 and brandished a pistol. After taking $1,082 from a teller, he fled the state with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. Three days later, he was arrested in Gillette, Wyo.

Appearing before Judge R. Allan Edgar in U.S. District Court in Marquette this morning, Mclean was sentenced to 105 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

He was also ordered to pay $653 in restitution to the bank.

The day before the bank robbery, McLean was scheduled to stand trial in Cheboygan County on charges of larceny from a building and being a habitual offender, fourth offense. Federal officials said McLean never appeared for trial, resulting in the issuance of a state warrant for absconding, which was initially used to hold McLean in Wyoming.



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