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Fort Wayne Man Sentenced To 188 Months In Prison For Attempted Bank Robbery
Monday, November 11, 2019

It was announced on Friday that Markell Palmer-Tate, 27 years old, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting an attempted bank robbery. Palmer-Tate was sentenced to 188 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, on April 11 2016, Palmer–Tate and his two co-defendants attempted to rob a First Source Bank in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In the weeks leading up to this attempted robbery, Palmer–Tate and his co-defendants had text message conversations about what bank to rob and on what date. Palmer – Tate had requested time off from work for the day of the robbery. Bank security video also captured Palmer – Tate casing the bank days before the robbery. On the day of the planned robbery, a bank employee was kidnapped and pistol whipped by one of Palmer – Tate’s co-defendants. Another bank employee, who was in a separate vehicle, managed to drive off and eluded being kidnapped, Palmer-Tate drove evasively in an attempt to block that victim’s escape. That victim had to drive up an embankment to get away from Palmer-Tate’s attempts to trap her in the parking lot. The abducted bank employee was eventually released.



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