Resident pleads guilty to federal charges

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By Calen McKinney

A Campbellsville man has pleaded guilty to federal bank robbery charges and now faces as much as two decades in prison.

According to a news release from the United States Attorney's Office, Joshua Riley Spangler, 28, appeared in United States District Court on Monday before Senior District Judge John G. Heyburn II. A federal grand jury handed down an indictment against Spangler on Nov. 20, 2013.

On Monday, Spangler pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery and admitted that he robbed Cecilian Bank in Sonora of $1,019 on Jan. 15, 2013.

The release states that Spangler also admitted to robbing the Bank of Buffalo in Buffalo of $9,125 on Feb. 27, 2013.

Spangler now faces as much 20 years in federal prison, a $500,000 fine and a three-year period of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 1:45 p.m. in Louisville.

This case against Spangler was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ream, and is being investigated by the Kentucky State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Spangler is facing criminal charges in Taylor County as well.

In July 2013, he was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury and charged with more than $10,000 in theft by unlawful taking and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

If convicted, Spangler could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

As of Wednesday morning, there were no upcoming court dates in Spangler's local criminal case.

Taylor County court records list Spangler's address as 205A Sheridan Drive in Campbellsville. Federal court records list no specific address in Campbellsville for Spangler.

• An indictment is a legal accusation only. It does not establish guilt.