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Albany man pleads to federal armed robbery charge

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

From the U.S. Attorney's Office-

Eric Colbert, age 38, of Albany, entered a plea of guilty Friday to Count One of an Indictment charging him with Armed Robbery and Discharging a Firearm During a Crime of Violence.

Colbert entered his plea before the Honorable W. Louis Sands, United States District Judge in Albany.

Colbert admitted that on the morning of November 18, 2011, he entered First State Bank in Albany, Georgia, held up a gun, fired a shot into the ceiling, and shouted, "This is a robbery!"  

 Colbert also admitted firing an additional shot at an Albany Police Department officer who was in the bank, and then firing several shots behind him as he fled from the bank with the officer in pursuit.  

Colbert was apprehended shortly after his attempt to rob the First State Bank.  No money was stolen from the Bank, and no one was hurt.

 The maximum penalty for Count One is twenty-five (25) years in prison and a fine of $250,000.00, or both, followed by a term of supervised release of five (5) years.  Count Two carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years up to a maximum of life in prison, a fine of $250,000.00, or both, followed by a term of supervised release of five (5) years. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Albany Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Peter Leary is handling the prosecution for the Government.

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