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Bank robber sentenced

Thursday, November 11, 2004

An accused bank robber withdrew his not guilty plea Monday in Clay Superior Court and entered into an agreement with the State by changing his plea to guilty of Robbery and Theft.

Charges were filed against Collier Young, 55, of LaPorte, Ind., on Sept. 18, 2002, for the robbery of the First State Bank branch at the Wal-Mart Plaza in Brazil on Aug. 19, 2002.

On Sept. 17, 2002, the Brazil Police Department received a call from the Elkhart City Police Department. Elkhart Police said they had arrested Young for bank robbery in their city and he confessed to a bank robbery in Brazil, Ind., about a month or so before.

A drive-thru customer at the Brazil First State Bank at the time of the robbery, identified Young as being near the flagpole at the south-east corner of the bank on that day. However, when brought to the Clay County Court, Young entered a not guilty plea.

Pursuant to the Nov. 8 agreement, Young pled guilty to Count 1, Robbery, a Class C felony and Count 2, Theft, a Class B felony.

On Nov. 10, Young was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Corrections for a period of eight years on Count 1 and concurrently on Count 2 to a period of three years. They will run concurrently with any other sentences imposed in any other county. Young remained in the Clay County Jail Wednesday awaiting transport to the IDOC.

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