Dougherty siblings sentenced for Valdosta bank robbery

Published: Dec. 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 22, 2012 at 10:40 PM EST
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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The infamous Dougherty siblings now have just one court case in Florida to put behind them after today's sentencing in Federal Court in Valdosta.

They were each sentenced to 35 years in prison for firing shots during a bank robbery in Valdosta last year.

It was part of a cross-country crime spree.

As the rain poured down in Valdosta today Dylan, Grace, and Ryan left the federal courtroom with a 35 year sentence each. The siblings held up the Certus Bank on Norman Drive last August, it was just one stop along their cross-country crime spree that eventually landed them in jail.

"I think a great justice was done today and a message was sent out to society and the nation that our society's not going to tolerate this," said Captain Bobbi McGraw, Valdosta Police Department.

After Ryan Dougherty's sentence was read today he told the judge he thought it was rash and too much. But Valdosta Police officials say this was just the sentence they were hoping for.

"Absolutely I hoped it would be a stiff sentence, but I had no idea that it would be this satisfying," said McGraw.

Each sibling made an apology to the employees of the bank and to law enforcement. Judge Huge Lawson said it was a miracle no one was killed during their crime spree. The defense attorneys asked Lawson to consider their abusive childhood and the loss of their father and sister at a young age. McGraw says it feels great to have this chapter closed in Valdosta.

"We're just so happy of the ending we're getting today," said McGraw.

The siblings will have to pay back $1,738 to the bank they robbed. Each defendant will have five years of supervised release when they get out of prison.

The siblings still face sentencing in Florida for shooting at an officer during a high speed chase.

They've already been sentenced in Colorado where their crime spree ended with a chase and shootout.

They'll serve their Georgia and Colorado sentences concurrently.

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