Stigler Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery
|U.S. Attorney’s Office October 15, 2009|
MUSKOGEE, OK—Sheldon J. Sperling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that LARRY EUGENE WALDEN, age 57, of Stigler, Oklahoma, pled guilty to three counts of Bank Robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a).
Charges arose from an investigation by the Sallisaw Police Department, the McAlester Police Department, the Fort Smith Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. WALDEN was indicted in August 2009.
The Indictment alleged that on three separate occasions, WALDEN robbed three different banks in Oklahoma. On March 27, 2009, the defendant robbed the Bancfirst, in McAlester of approximately $3,987.00, on April 20, 2009, he robbed the Arvest Bank in Poteau of approximately $2,075.50 and on April 30, 2009, WALDEN robbed the National Bank of Sallisaw of approximately $2,671.71.
WALDEN was arrested on June 15, 2009, by Fort Smith Police Officers. Clothing, bank bags, red dye stained money, and a jacket the defendant wore during the Sallisaw bank robbery were recovered at the time of his arrest.
The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the defendant’s guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion. The defendant remains in the custody of the United States Marshal Service.
The statutory range of punishment is up to 20 years’ imprisonment and/or up to $250,000.00 in fines. A preliminary calculation of the Sentencing Guidelines, projects an advisory sentencing range of 57-71 months’ imprisonment.
Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson represented the United States.