Lafayette resident Eugene Gentry pled guilty on Wednesday, July 10, to charges of bank robbery and carjacking in Kentucky.
Gentry, age 63, pled guilty to four counts of a federal indictment, including two counts of bank robbery through force, violence, and intimidation, one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of carjacking. Gentry admitted in court to robbing the United Citizens Bank, located at 1582 Campbellsville Road, in Columbia, Kentucky, of approximately $90,000 on October 15, 2012.
On the same day, in Adair County, Kentucky, Gentry stole a 1998 Ford Ranger Pickup from United Citizens Bank manager and in doing so brandished a semi-automatic handgun which carries an additional charge of carjacking. One year later, on October 29, 2013, Gentry attempted to rob the Citizens Bank, located at 209 Campbellsville Bypass, located in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
Gentry pled before Magistrate Judge H. Brent Brennenstuhl to all four counts.
In court, the United States and Gentry agreed to a sentence of 240 months in prison and supervised release for a period of five years. Sentencing before Senior District Judge Thomas B. Russell is scheduled for October 8, 2014, at 11am, in Bowling Green.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ream and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with assistance from the Campbellsville Police Department, Columbia Police Department and the Adair County, Kentucky, Sheriff’s Department.
The Times reported last year that Gentry was arrested and charged with 1st degree robbery and fleeing and evading arrest on October 29, 2013. Gentry held up a Citizens Bank officer at gunpoint and then fled police in a 5-7 mile police chase that ended in Gentry crashing and being airlifted to the hospital.
KY Police Captain Patricia Thompson reported that he’d waited in the lobby to speak to a loan officer, whom he then asked for money. He then brandished a loaded Hi-Point semi-automatic handgun, and talked with her for a while as she refused to give him the money. “So I guess at a certain point he felt like he had been there too long,” concluded Thompson. “So he told her he would let it go this time, but he would be back.”
Gentry was flagged down by police, stopped, and pursued until he crashed into a parked tractor trailer at high speed. He remained in critical condition for some time at Kentucky Medical Center.
Investigating officers only later connected Gentry to the armed robbery that took place in Kentucky almost exactly a year before.