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Couple sentenced for string of bank robberies in southern Oregon

After robbing six banks in southern Oregon, a couple has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution.

Posted: Jul 30, 2019 6:52 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- After robbing six banks in southern Oregon, a couple has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution.

John Shepard, 38, of Trail received 4.25 years in prison, and Kimberly Blank, 39, of Trail was sentenced to 2.75 years. Both were also sentenced to three years of supervised release.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Shepard must pay $31,045 in restitution and Blank must pay $20,900.

Court documents show the string of robberies began Jan. 27, 2017, at the Evergreen Bank in Rogue River, in which Shepard left with $1,950 in a vehicle Blank was driving. Shepard disguised himself with a cowboy hat and jacket.

Five days later, Shepard got away with $10,145 from Key Bank in Grants Pass, leaving in a car Blank was driving. Shepard was wearing a wig, glasses and a hat. Court documents said a security dye pack in the money spewed a cloud of red smoke.

Between Feb. 7 and March 30, 2017, with Blank’s help, Shepard robbed Banner Banks in Riddle and Cottage Grove, a Bank of the Cascades in Medford and an Umpqua Bank in Ashland.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in the last robbery, police found Blank in a vehicle matching the description of the one used in past robberies and Shepard was found nearby in a different vehicle. Both were released as police worked to obtain search warrants.

Shepard and Blank were arrested in Fortuna, California, on April 4, 2017.

They pleaded guilty two years later to multiple counts of bank robbery.

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