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Ogeechee Road Wells Fargo Bank robber found guilty


Savannah resident Marcus Tyrone Newton was found guilty of all charges in connection with the bank robbery of Wells Fargo on Ogeechee Road.

Newton was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

He faced life without parole plus 56 years for those charges.

Superior Court Judge Timothy R. Walmsley will hold sentencing in the case next week. The charges carry a mandatory life without parole sentence.

In March 2013, Newton entered the bank, waved a pistol at the tellers and demanded money. He fled the scene in a Toyota Camry. Police found the abandoned, getaway car about a mile from the scene.

Fingerprints on evidence including a cell phone found in the vehicle linked the stolen rental car to Newton. A Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department SWAT team executed an arrest warrant in April of last year.

They found cocaine and marijuana at the residence where Newton was arrested.

During closing arguments, Assistant District Attorney Matthew A. Breedon said that all the elements of the case: a visual identification, five tellers who individually identified Newton's voice to be that of the bank robber, fingerprints in the getaway care and a call made from the cell phone to Newton's girlfriend less than an hour before the bank robbery independently pointed to Newton as the robber.

Newton's defense was that he lost the cell phone weeks earlier and rode in the car sometime earlier in the week.

During closing arguments, defense attorney John Rodman stated, "This is not a forum for truth, but one for proof."

After the jury left the courtroom, Judge Walmsley asked the spectators in the courtroom if there were any law students present.

The Judge spoke directly to those students saying that while Rodman was speaking regarding his case, Walmsley wanted those studying law to know that the practice of law is indeed the pursuit of truth.

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