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Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Assisting In Bank Robbery

Last updated on Monday, October 22, 2012

(BROWNSTOWN) - 56-year-old Richard Green, of Scottsburg, was found guilty of robbery Thursday in Jackson Circuit Court.

Green, who was arrested in August 2010 in connection with the holdup of a Seymour bank in early April of that year, is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16 by Jackson Circuit Judge Bill Vance.

Aubrey Wood of the Tribune reported that a 12-member jury spent about 30 minutes deliberating the case before returning with the guilty verdict for the Class B felony shortly after 3 p.m.

Green was accused of driving the getaway vehicle in the robbery at The Peoples Bank, on Airport Road. He was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

In April of this year, 22-year-old Harry Piepmeyer Jr., of Batesville was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the robbery. He is serving his sentence in the Miami Correctional Facility in Bunker Hill.

Investigators said Piepmeyer entered the bank wearing a wig and a fake mustache on the morning of April 5, 2010, displayed a pistol and demanded money. After receiving money, the man left the bank on foot.

Carl Lamb of Seymour Police Department said evidence at the scene led to Piepmeyer, which led to the arrest of Green at a park in Austin.

Police obtained a search warrant from Jackson Superior Court II Judge Bruce MacTavish for Green's residence and found seven wigs, fake mustaches, glue and a box that once contained a pellet gun, Lamb said.

Green faces a potential sentence of six to 20 years and also faces 30 additional years after the jury found him guilty of being a habitual offender, Chalfant said. That finding occurred during a short trial after the original trial.

Chalfant said the habitual offender enhancement stems from two convictions Green has for robbery, an earlier one in Scott County and a second in Tennessee.

Green was represented by defense attorney Stephen Pierson of Seymour.

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