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Monday
Apr302012

All Three 'Dougherty Gang' Siblings Sentenced to Prison Time

ABC News(DENVER) -- The three "Dougherty gang" siblings, who went on a multi-state crime spree in 2011, were sentenced to prison Monday in Colorado. Among them, they will serve 74 years behind bars.

Ryan Dougherty, 22, the last to be sentenced, was given 18 years in prison. He had faced a maximum of 20 years after pleading guilty to five counts of menacing.

Earlier Monday, his sister, Lee Grace Dougherty, was sentenced to 24 years in prison. Dylan Dougherty, 27, received a 32-year sentence.

Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, had faced a maximum of 28 years for pleading guilty to first-degree assault and two counts of menacing.

Dylan Dougherty was the only one of the three to be given the maximum sentence. He pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault, according to ABC News Denver affiliate KMGH. The siblings' crimes included a Colorado shootout with police and a daring bank robbery in Georgia.

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"Contrary to a lot of people's beliefs, I never intended to...I never tried to...I never wanted to hurt anybody," an emotional Dylan Dougherty told the Huerfano County judge.

"It is true that I acted out of desperation and I am sorry for the choices that I made," he said tearfully. "I don't know really what things differently I would have done, but I truly am sorry to anyone who was involved."

He apologized to police and to bystanders who could have been hurt, and said that his actions were "not to my character."

Officials in Georgia are waiting for the siblings to be extradited for charges related to the bank robbery. After Monday's sentencing in Colorado, they are expected to be transported to Albany, Ga., by the U.S. Marshals Service for a hearing May 15.

The three were allegedly driving as fast as 100 miles per hour on Aug. 2 when a Zephyrhills, Fla., police officer tried to pull them over. They fired 20 shots at the officer and escaped when one of the bullets hit the police car's tire. The officer was not injured. Later that day, the Dougherty gang allegedly robbed a Valdosta, Ga., bank while wearing masks and firing rounds at the ceiling from an AK-47 rifle.

Police caught up with the three on Aug. 10, 2011 in Colorado after receiving a tip that they had been spotted buying camping equipment. After a 20-mile chase down a Colorado Interstate, the Doughertys' car flipped over and landed on top of a guard rail.

The siblings share a lengthy criminal history that included 20 felonies among them before the additional 70 charges they racked up from their 2011 crime spree. Their previous charges range from drug possession to battery and burglary.

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Monday
Apr302012

First 'Dougherty Gang' Sibling Sentenced to 32 Years

ABC News(DENVER) -- Dylan Dougherty, one of three "Dougherty gang" siblings who went on a multi-state crime spree, received a 32-year prison sentence in Colorado on Monday though the trio still has more charges to answer for in another jurisdiction.

Dougherty, 27, was given the maximum sentence for pleading guilty to one count of first-degree assault, according to ABC News' Denver affiliate KMGH. The siblings' crimes included a Colorado shootout with police and a daring bank robbery in Georgia.

"Contrary to a lot of people's beliefs, I never intended to...I never tried to...I never wanted to hurt anybody," an emotional Dylan Dougherty told the Huerfano County Courthouse judge.

"It is true that I acted out of desperation and I am sorry for the choices that I made," he said through tears. "I don't know really what things differently I would have done, but I truly am sorry to anyone who was involved."

He apologized to police and any bystanders who could potentially have been hurt and said that his actions were "not to my character."

Dylan Dougherty's half-siblings Ryan Dougherty, 22, and Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29, are expected to be sentenced later Monday.

Officials in Georgia are waiting for the siblings to be extradited for charges related to the bank robbery. After all three are sentenced in Colorado, they are expected to be transported to Albany, Ga., by the U.S. Marshals Service for a hearing May 15.

The three were allegedly driving as fast as 100 miles per hour on Aug. 2 when a Zephyrhills, Fla., police officer attempted to pull them over. They fired 20 shots at the officer and escaped when one of the bullets hit the police car's tire. The officer was not injured. Later that day, the Dougherty gang allegedly robbed a Valdosta, Ga., bank while wearing masks and firing rounds from an AK-47 at the ceiling.

Police caught up with the siblings Aug. 10, 2011 in Colorado after a tip they were spotted buying camping equipment. After a 20-mile chase down the interstate, the pursuit culminated in the Doughertys' car flipping over and landing on top of a guard rail.

The siblings share a lengthy criminal history that includes 20 felonies among them, notwithstanding the additional 70 charges they racked up from their crime spree. Their previous charges range from drug possession to battery and burglary.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Jan292012

Dougherty Sibling Planned to Break Out of Jail and Free Sister

ABC News(WALSENBURG, Colo.) -- One of the three members of the notorious Dougherty gang planned to escape from his prison cell through a plumbing pipe with a homemade weapon, according to Colorado police.

Dylan Stanley Dougherty is one of the three members of the Dougherty family behind bars after allegedly leading police on a crime spree through several states.

According to a probable cause arrest warrant affidavit, when officers searched Dylan Dougherty's cell, they found a plumbing hatch "was tampered with and pried open." Behind the hatch, the "insulation was torn out," the affidavit said.

When police followed the pipe to the ceiling, they found "footprints ... all the way over to the female cells" where Dylan Dougherty's sister, Lee Grace Dougherty, was being held. Inside her cell, police found a handwritten note from her brother, telling her to pack her things because he planned to subdue the guards, take their keys and liberate his sister.

Two sealed envelopes were found in Dylan Dougherty's cell, one addressed to the FBI, and the other to the Huerfano County Jail staff. The latter stated, "I have enjoyed staying here, so don't take any of this personal," according to the affidavit.

Police found an 8-inch-long homemade metal weapon with a sharpened point under Dougherty's sleeping bunk, according to the affidavit.

But Colorado jailers say they discovered the Dougherty's plans during a search earlier this in January, and he was transferred to Pueblo County Jail, where he is now being held.

ABC News consultant and former FBI Agent Brad Garrett said jails and prisons take precautions against such plots.

"They search cells regularly. They also have an informant system within the prison to feed them intelligence information about escapes among other things," Garrett said.

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