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Demotte State Bank job accomplice sentenced

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A Westville woman was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to the aiding and abetting last year of the robbery of the Demotte State Bank, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana.

Jamie Deal, 33, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and two years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Deal was also ordered to make restitution of $5,014.

Deal’s accomplice in the robbery, Troy Lively, 43, also of Westville, was sentenced earlier this month to 110 months in prison and two years of supervised released. He was similarly ordered to make restitution.

According to the FBI, at 2:20 p.m. Sept. 6, 2010, a lone male entered the Demotte State Bank armed with a handgun, approached a teller, and demanded money from both teller drawers. The man then fled the scene.

Subsequent investigation by the FBI and the Demotte Police Department identified the man as Lively and his getaway driver as Deal.

Investigators also determined that the two were staying at a Westville residence belonging to a relative of Lively’s, and agents conducting a surveillance of the home on Sept. 7 spotted Lively and Deal driving the same vehicle used in the robbery, the FBI said.

On being spotted, Lively and Deal abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, with Deal being apprehended immediately and Lively on Sept. 8, with the assistance of a K-9 unit from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Police said.



Posted 7/30/2012