Bank robber sentenced

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By Bryan Marshall

One of three Grant County men who pleaded guilty last year in connection with a bank robbery in Fort Wright was sentenced Feb. 25 to two years in prison.

Dustin Webster, 25, changed his plea Nov. 12 as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Along with the sentence, Webster will serve three years of probation after his release and he must repay $2,086 to the bank.

Webster, along with Shawn Ruby, 26, and Ronald L. Hall, 26, all of Dry Ridge, were indicted in U.S. District Court in Covington.

According to the plea agreement, Ruby entered Heritage Bank and showed a bank teller a note demanding money and indicating that he had a gun.

The teller gave Ruby approximately $2,000 in cash before he left the bank.

Webster’s deal with prosecutors alleges that Hall wrote the note that Ruby used in the robbery and Webster drove Ruby to the area of the bank before the robbery and drove him away from the scene afterward.

The three planned to use the stolen money to purchase heroin, according to the agreement.

Police were able to use a video surveillance tape to help identify the suspect, alleged to be Ruby, who entered the bank at the 1900 block of Dixie Highway in Fort Wright around 2 p.m.

Ruby and Hall were taken into custody Aug. 5 after police officers from various agences followed tips and located the men.

Ruby was arrested at the Budget Host Inn in Cincinnati.

Hall was arrested on his family’s farm on Lemon-Northcutt Road.

Ruby and Hall, who pleaded guilty last month, are scheduled to be sentenced May 5.