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February 3, 2014

Three sentenced in 2011 bank robbery in Brookside

A federal judge sentenced three Kansas City residents to prison Monday for the armed robbery of Bank Midwest in Brookside in December 2011.

A federal judge sentenced three Kansas City residents to prison Monday for the armed robbery of Bank Midwest in Brookside in December 2011.

Two of the defendants admitted they pretended to be hostages in the robbery.

Lashon M. Hudson, 42; her brother Larry T. Hudson III, 39; and William L. Wheeler Jr., 28, all pleaded guilty earlier to aiding and abetting an armed bank robbery.

Lashon Hudson acknowledged giving a revolver to Wheeler. When the three were in the bank on Dec. 10, 2011, Wheeler told a bank employee: “Get your hands in the air! Don’t anyone move. I will shoot you.”

Larry Hudson whimpered, “Oh my God, I don’t want to die.” Wheeler then pretended to take Lashon and Larry Hudson hostage, and they left in a car.

Lashon Hudson later appeared at Police Headquarters but could not explain why she took five hours to report the robbery and the hostage-taking. Her brother had similar issues later, prosecutors reported.

U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple sentenced Lashon Hudson to seven years and three months in prison, Larry Hudson to three years and six months, and Wheeler to two years.

The total take from the robbery was $2,872.

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