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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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Thursday
Aug112011

Captured Dougherty Sister: 'I Deserved to Get Shot'

ABC News (PUEBLO, Colo.) -- Lee Grace Dougherty, the Florida stripper who led her two brothers in a cross-country manhunt, told police after she was wounded and captured, "I deserved to get shot."

Lee Dougherty, the oldest of the trio of heavily armed siblings, appeared in court Thursday by video along with her two brothers, Ryan Dougherty, 21, and Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26. They were ordered held on $1.25 million bail each.

They were captured in Colorado on Wednesday after a 20-mile car chase with speeds up to 120 mph with one of the Doughertys allegedly firing an AK-47 assault rifle at pursuing cops. The chase ended when they tried to avoid spikes in the road set up by cops intended to deflate their tires, lost control of the car and the vehicle rolled over.

In a police affidavit made public Thursday, Lee Dougherty admitted to police that after the crash she was running away while carrying a machine pistol. Police said she "stopped, attempted to work the action on the pistol, and pointed the weapon directly at" Walsenburg Police Chief Chamberlain. See the police affidavit here.

But the cop fired several rounds at her instead. One bullet struck her in the right thigh.

In a confession to FBI Agent Christian Mohr, she said, "I pointed the gun at the cop," and, "I deserved to get shot."

When she felt that she had been shot, Dougherty said that "instantly, I let go of the gun" and "the pain was all through my body."

She also acknowledged that she heard the police's order. "The cop said drop the gun," the affidavit quotes Dougherty as saying.

In questioning, an officer asked the eldest of the Dougherty gang if she had shot at officers before being apprehended. "She looked down and said, 'Well…I did not shoot anyone,'" according to the affidavit.

"We weren't trying to hurt anyone, we just wanted them to get back," Dougherty said, referring to the police officers who were pursuing them. "They were way back and we could barely see them. We were getting shot at, then we wrecked."

Police inserted a note in the affidavit saying that no shots were fired at the Dougherty car during the chase and that they may have mistaken the sounds made by tire deflation devices as gunshots.

When police asked her who in the car was firing at the police, Dougherty said that she "didn't shoot at any cop in the state of Colorado" and that her brother Ryan was driving the car. "A person can't drive and shoot a gun at the same time," Dougherty said, leading police to the conclusion that her half-brother Dylan was the one shooting at pursuing officers with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Dougherty's fiancé, Brendon Bookman, told ABC News today that when he accepted a collect call from her jail Wednesday, she was almost cheery.

He was greeted with an upbeat, "Hey!"

"Brendon, your girlfriend really messed up. Why'd you let me do this?" Dougherty said, according to Bookman, who spoke to ABC News.

"She was very coherent and lucid, surprisingly so considering what she's facing," Bookman said. "She said, 'Come out here and get my brothers out first and then get me.' She always puts the needs of her family ahead of her own needs, even when it's to her own detriment."

Bookman said that while his family has bonded Dougherty out of jail before, he believed she was being "facetious" when she asked him to come get her, knowing full well that he could not afford the $130,000 he believes is necessary to post her $1.3 million bond.

Bookman that he is as baffled as to why the tight-knit trio embarked on a dangerous and violent crime spree.

"I don't know what her motive was, if she in fact did this. I have no idea what they would have been hoping to accomplish or why they would have even undertaken such activities," Bookman said.

He described his fiancé as someone willing to put herself in danger for the sake of her family.

"She thought family was everything and she was the kind of person that would jump on the grenade to save her siblings, even if it meant losing her own life," he said.

Bookman respects the tight family bonds, but said that from his point of view, it's time for Dougherty to start worrying about herself.

"At this point, I think it's time [for her] to worry about herself and let [her brothers] worry about themselves," Bookman said. "I love Lee Grace and hopefully someday I can see her again as a free woman."

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Thursday
Aug112011

Police: 'Dougherty Gang' Sister Tried to Shoot Cop Before She Was Shot

Colorado State Patrol(PUEBLO, Colo.) -- The manhunt for the "Dougherty Gang" ended Wednesday when the oldest of the siblings, sister Lee Grace Dougherty, was chased through a field until she turned on a pursuing officer with an automatic pistol and allegedly tried to shoot him.

Police say before she could fire, the officer shot her in the leg, ending the brief notoriety of Dougherty and her two brothers.

Lee Dougherty, a 29-year-old stripper, and her two heavily armed brothers, Ryan, 21, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, became the focus of a manhunt that stretched from Florida to Colorado over the past week.

During that time, they allegedly fired at a Florida cop and robbed a Georgia bank.  They also cleaned out their home arsenal of automatic weapons and sent a text message to their mother with the ominous message, "There's a time for all of us to die."

The trio vanished from sight until they were spotted Tuesday buying camping equipment in Colorado.  With police on alert, their vehicle was located Wednesday morning in a campground, but the car was gone by the time police arrived.  Cops stumbled across the vehicle at a gas station, prompting a 20-mile car chase along I-25 with speeds that topped 100 mph and one of the Doughertys leaning out of the car to shoot at the police.

The siblings lost control of the car near a construction site.  The car rolled and the Doughertys tried to scatter, police said.

Lee Dougherty "left the car and took off running" through a field, Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said at a news conference Wednesday.  When confronted by an officer who was chasing her, she "turned to chamber a round," Taylor said, but was shot in the leg by the cop before she could fire.

One of the brothers was captured immediately, but the other ran across the highway and towards an area of restaurants and shops where he was found by police.

Police found some powerful weapons in the car including two machine pistols, two AK-47 assault rifles and a handgun.

Police say Lee Dougherty's injury was not serious.  No officers were injured.

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Wednesday
Aug102011

Dougherty Siblings' Colorado Spotting 'Appears to Be the Real Deal'

FBIBREAKING NEWS UPDATE: The three sibling fugitives were captured south of Pueblo, Colo., following a high speed chase, the FBI said Wednesday. 

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- The Dougherty Gang, a stripper-turned alleged bank robber and her two heavily armed brothers on the run for more than a week, have been spotted in Colorado buying camping supplies, authorities said.

Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29, her brother Ryan, 21, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, were seen at an REI sporting goods store in Colorado Springs.  Employees there are certain the trio bought a tent on Tuesday afternoon.

The siblings have been on the lam since Aug. 2 when they allegedly shot at a Zephyrhills, Florida police officer and then allegedly robbed a bank in Georgia.

"This appears to be the real deal," FBI spokesman Dave Joly said on Tuesday. False sightings of the group have been reported in Tennessee.

Employees at the sporting goods store said the accused thieves did pay for the tent.

"While their direction of travel is unknown, the investigation suggests they may attempt to avoid detection by camping or staying in rural areas," Joly said.

The three individuals were last seen driving a white 4-door Subaru Impreza with Texas license plates LCS 909, which have been reported stolen out of Texas, Colorado Springs police said.

Police say the siblings are heavily armed and worry they'd rather die than be captured.  Those who know the trio share that fear.

"I don't think I'm ever going to see her again, " said Brendon Bookman, the fiance of Lee Grace Dougherty, who had been working part-time as a stripper.

"I've always been able to get her out of tight spots in the past, but I can't do anything about this.  There's no way I can help her now," Bookman said.

The baby brother of the siblings, Ryan Dougherty, is awaiting the birth of a son with his girlfriend.  Investigators think the impending birth might have sent him and his siblings over the edge.  Ryan Dougherty was forced to register as a sex offender after sending explicit text messages to an 11-year-old girl; he feared that his sex offender status would prevent him from seeing his as-yet-unborn child.

Ryan Dougherty's girlfriend recently updated her Facebook profile picture to include a picture of her with her now fugitive lover.

Over the weekend she wrote, "I know y u did what did but buddy ur supposed to be there when I deliver."

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Tuesday
Aug092011

Dougherty Trio Allegedly Spotted in Colorado Springs

Ryan Dougherty, 21, left, sister Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, have been on the lam since Aug. 2 when they allegedly shot at a Florida police officer attempting to pull over their white Subaru Impreza for speeding. Federal Bureau of Investigation(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- Authorities in Colorado Springs say they received a tip the Dougherty siblings -- two brothers and their sister connected to a crime spree in Florida last week -- were spotted in the area of Woodmen and I-25 Tuesday afternoon around 1:30 p.m.

The suspects are considered to be armed and dangerous.

Investigators have yet to confirm the identity of the trio said to have been spotted in the woods, but police say the individuals were last seen driving a small white vehicle with Texas license plates LCS 909. The plates have been reported stolen out of Texas, according to police.

Ryan Dougherty, 21, sister Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, have been on the run since Aug. 2 when they allegedly shot at a Florida police officer attempting to pull over their white Subaru Impreza for speeding. A few hours later, they allegedly robbed a bank in Georgia.

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