Glenwood bank robbery defendant strikes plea deal |

Glenwood bank robbery defendant strikes plea deal

Jack Lee Wright, charged earlier this year in Glenwood Springs’ first bank robbery in more than two years, apparently has reached an agreement with federal prosecutors to plead guilty.

Wright, 52, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is charged in the June 30 robbery of the West Glenwood Alpine Bank.

Documents filed in U.S. District Court in Denver say a plea hearing in the case is set for Nov. 19. Federal public defenders representing Wright filed a document requesting the hearing, saying, “a disposition has been reached in his case with the government. The defendant would request a change of plea hearing for the court to consider the proposed plea agreement.”

Besides the West Glenwood robbery, documents also said Wright is suspected of committing bank heists in Florida and Texas, the Post Independent reported in September. That story also told how workers at a Rifle motel helped authorities catch Wright after he skipped out on a bill, providing police with key video footage and copies of identification.

He was arrested in mid-July, when police in Thurmont, Maryland, were tipped that he was on his way there from Indiana to visit a friend. They found $10,000 and a handgun when they searched his pickup truck.

At the West Glenwood Alpine Bank, a man wearing a blue T-shirt and blue and white checkered shorts walked in, put a backpack on the counter, showed a black semiautomatic handgun and passed a note to the teller demanding money, according to an affidavit filed by Glenwood Springs police seeking a warrant for Wright’s arrest. The only thing he said was “now,” the affidavit says.

He left the bank with $18,958, documents showed.

Though not charged in the other cases, Wright is a suspect in the robbery in April of a Gainesville, Florida, bank. A gunman was caught on surveillance cameras there robbing a Wells Fargo Bank. As was the case in Glenwood two months later, the man wore a ball cap but otherwise made no effort to conceal his identity.

A court document filed during the summer by Wright’s public defender cited government allegations that Wright was involved in robberies in Gainesville and San Antonio, Texas.

Wright faces up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, court documents say.

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