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Posted July 6, 2012 | comments Leave a comment

Guilty plea hearing scheduled for bank robbery defendant

A guilty plea hearing has been scheduled for the man accused of shooting at a law enforcement officer during a bank robbery in Winchester late last year.

James Louis Whittlesey, 52, is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge Michael F. Urbanski at 10:30 a.m. on July 23. The hearing appears on the court calendar as a guilty plea, according to online court records. The hearing replaces a jury trial that was scheduled for Whittlesey on the same day.

An affidavit by FBI Special Agent Daniel Stiefvater accuses Whittlesey of fleeing on foot after robbing the United Bank at 1041 Berryville Ave. He fired several shots at a city police officer and police returned fire, according to the affidavit. He drove away in a 2009 Toyota that was later found abandoned, the affidavit states. Police found a .38-caliber revolver, cash, a paper bag and a shoe inside the car, according to the affidavit.

Whittlesey was arrested two months later in Montreal and extradited form Canada.

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