Siblings Accused In Crime Spree Charged
WALSENBURG, Colo. (AP) – State prosecutors filed attempted murder charges Monday against three siblings accused in a cross-country crime spree that began in Florida and ended with gunplay and a police chase in southern Colorado.
Authorities say Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, and her younger brothers Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, 26, and Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21, robbed a bank in Georgia and shot at police officers in Florida and Colorado. They’re also suspects in two car thefts in Utah.
Authorities initially identified the 26-year-old as Dylan Dougherty Stanley, but he told the judge Monday his name is Dylan Stanley-Dougherty.
Federal authorities said Monday they had not filed any charges. It wasn’t immediately clear if they planned to do so later.
The cross-country manhunt for the Doughertys ended in Huerfano, Colo., on Aug. 10 after a chase on Interstate 25 that began when the trio was spotted near Colorado City, Colo., about 140 miles south of Denver.
The Doughertys are accused of firing an AK-47 at pursuing officers before running over spike strips, blowing a tire, rolling the vehicle and crashing into a guardrail. No officers were hit by the automatic weapon fire. Lee Grace Dougherty was shot in the leg after getting out of the crashed vehicle and aiming a gun at an officer, authorities said.
“I deserved to get shot,” she later told authorities, according to an arrest affidavit.
Colorado state prosecutors filed their charges just ahead of a court hearing for the Doughertys.
Each faces five counts of attempted second-degree murder and five counts of first-degree assault, with each of those charges carrying a separate sentence enhancing charge of a being crime of violence. Each sibling also is charged with vehicle theft, theft by receiving and displaying fictitious or altered license plates.
They haven’t entered pleas.
All three appeared in court Monday but said little beyond “yes” or “no” in answer to the judge’s questions. Each wore jail clothing and was shackled at the ankles with hands cuffed to a chain or belt around the waist.
Their attorneys left Monday’s hearing through a door at the back of the courtroom and were not available for questions.
Prosecutors accused Ryan Dougherty of being the driver during an Aug. 10 chase in Colorado and charged him with vehicular eluding. Lee Grace Dougherty is charged with three additional first-degree assault counts, each with an accompanying charge of being a crime of violence.
Each defendant is being held on a bond of $1.25 million.
Prosecutors have declined to discuss evidence involving any of the Colorado charges, citing a limited gag order issued by a judge at the request of lawyers for two of the siblings.
At a court appearance in Pueblo, Colo., last week, Dylan Stanley-Dougherty had his right forearm in a cast.
Mike Emmons, an attorney for Ryan Dougherty, said his client had a large lump on his head and possibly a concussion. It was unclear when the injuries might have occurred.
– By Ivan Moreno, AP Writer
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