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Man pleads guilty to robbery he can't remember

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kentucky trucker pleaded guilty to the February robbery of a BB&T branch facility at Patrick Street.

But William Douglas Young, 42, of Louisville, was unable to tell a judge any of the facts of the incident.

Kanawha Circuit Judge James Stucky asked Douglas at his plea hearing, "I need you to tell me where it happened, when it happened and what happened."

Young gave a low chuckle, and said, "I can't tell you those things."

But Assistant Attorney Charles Miller said that on Feb. 13, Young approached teller Jennifer Lynn Blankenship at the bank.

"He indicated he had a weapon, asked her to turn over money, and she did that," Miller told the judge.

Young did not have a gun.

Prosecutors entered into a plea agreement with Young, who waived a grand jury indictment. They agreed to dismiss a charge of bank robbery.

Young said he suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome after active military duty and takes medication for it. Miller said that might account for his lack of memory about the robbery.

But police said bank security cameras captured a clear image of the robber, and when they checked surveillance tapes from the area, a man was seen running toward a tractor-trailer parked by Big Lots.

The trucking company identified Young and he was later arrested.

In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors will not recommend a sentence to the judge. He could be sentenced to five to 18 years in prison.

Young will be sentenced in October.

Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cherylc@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.

 


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