Truth is Stranger than Fiction

BEFORE THE HEARING BOARD:

The case against Warren Jan Gladders begins with these paragraphs:

1. On June 7, 2013, Respondent entered Reliance Bank in Creve Coeur, Missouri, wearing sun glasses, a scarf over his face, and gloves. He approached a teller and brandished a revolver. Respondent told the teller that “this is a hold up; no alarms; no dye packs” or words to that effect and demanded money. The teller gave $7,290 to Respondent, who then fled from the bank with the money. 

2. On August 2, 2013, Respondent entered First National Bank in Weldon Springs, Missouri, wearing sun glasses, a scarf over his face, and gloves. He approached a teller and brandished a revolver. Respondent told the teller that “this is a hold up; no alarms; no dye packs; no bait money” or words to that effect and demanded money. Bank employees gave $5,602 to Respondent, who then fled from the bank with the money.
3. On September 20, 2013, Respondent entered First Bank in Marthasville, Missouri, wearing sun glasses, a scarf over his face, and gloves. He approached a teller and brandished a revolver. Respondent told the teller that he wanted “50s and 100s from the vault; spread them out; wait 60 seconds before you hit the alarm” or words to that effect. Bank employees gave $43,677 to Respondent, who then fled from the bank with the money.
4. Police received a description of Respondent’s car, and later on September 20, 2013, an officer of the Missouri State Highway Patrol stopped him. When the trooper stepped out of his car, Respondent stepped out of his car, raised his gun and fired four shots at the trooper. At least one shot struck the trooper in the center of his chest. The trooper was wearing a protective vest which prevented Respondent’s bullet from penetrating his body. The trooper returned fire and struck Respondent in the leg, causing Respondent to fall and lose possession of his gun. Respondent tried to regain control of the gun and the trooper fired warning shots. Respondent then stopped moving, and the officer was able to place him under arrest. A search of Respondent’s car uncovered a sawed-off shotgun that had no serial number and had not been federally registered.
5. On November 20, 2013, a grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri returned a five-count criminal indictment against Respondent. The matter was docketed as United States v. Warren J. Gladders, case number 4:13-CR-485. Counts I, II and III of the indictment charged that Respondent took, by force or intimidation, deposited funds from Reliance Bank in Creve Coeur, First National Bank in Weldon Springs, and First Bank in Marthasville, respectively, as set forth in Counts I, II and III, above; that each bank’s deposits were insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and that Respondent used a deadly and dangerous weapon in the robberies, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a) and (d). Count IV of the indictment charged that Respondent discharged a firearm in furtherance of the crime of violence of the armed bank robbery of First Bank of Marthasville, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c). Count V of the indictment charged that Respondent knowingly possessed a shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches and an overall length of less than 26 inches and knew that the weapon was not registered, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5861(d). A copy of the indictment is attached hereto as Exhibit 1.
6. On July 7, 2014, Respondent entered into a guilty-plea agreement wherein he pled guilty to the three offenses of armed bank robbery alleged in Counts I, II and III of the indictment and the offense of discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence as alleged in Count IV of the indictment.”

The ARDC alleges that the attorney was convicted of that bank robbery and two more armed bank robberies.  Gladders was eventually sentenced to a term of 24 years and five months in prison.

Edward X. Clinton, Jr.

www.clintonlaw.net

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