The last of three siblings accused in a multistate crime spree has been sentenced in connection with their capture in Colorado.
Ryan Dougherty, 22, was sentenced to 18 years Monday in Walsenburg. He had faced up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of menacing.
He, his sister and a brother are accused of shooting at a police officer and staging a daring bank robbery before being captured in Colorado after a shootout.
Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, was sentenced to 24 years. She had faced a maximum of 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree assault and two counts of menacing.
The prosecution asked for the maximum of 28 years for Lee while the defense argued she should be sentenced to only 9 years. The judge ultimately decided on 24 years, taking into consideration that Lee seemed remorseful for her actions and had been cooperative since her arrest. At one point, Lee told police that she should have been shot during the shootout with police.
Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, 27, received the maximum prison sentence of 32 years for his guilty plea to one charge of first-degree assault.
Dylan's hearing started with prosecutors recounting the shootout and high speed chase with police that led to the siblings' capture. The defense then went over Dylan's upbringing and how he was adopted by his aunt and uncle. They argued that Dylan was always loyal to his family and protective of his brother and sister.
Dylan addressed the judge directly. Through tears, he said that he was sorry for the choices that he made. He said he wished he did things differently and that he was "sorry to everyone involved."
The judge responded by saying it took courage for his apology but that it didn't excuse his actions. "You have no prior felony, but when you committed one, you really pulled a doozy major home-run of a felony," the judge said.
After they're all sentenced in Walsenburg, the siblings are expected to be transferred from state to federal custody within days, if not hours.
The U.S. Marshals Service will transport them to Albany, Ga., for a court hearing on May 15.
Judge Claude Appel said a rough upbringing is no excuse for the crimes they committed. The judge told each sibling they posed a danger to the public and law enforcement even if no officer was ever hurt. He added that the trio had plenty of time to surrender long before the high speed chase and shootout that stretched for 20 miles along Interstate 25 last summer. Appel also scolded the Doughertys for having close to 2,000 rounds of live ammo in the vehicle when they crashed and were arrested.
"Your bright idea was load it up, pack every gun we can get into this car take off and we'll just cruise and they'll never find us," said Appel. "It doesn't even work that way in the movies though."