By John Boyd
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
2:54 PM CST, January 7, 2013
A Wichita man is sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for helping his brother rob a bank.
24-year-old Justin Cooper pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a bank robbery. In his plea, the US Attorney's Office says he admitted that on March 16 of 2012, he drove his brother to the Commerce Bank branch on S. Broadway in Wichita. His brother, Leslie Cooper, went into the bank, jumped the counter and pointed a 9mm carbine rifle at tellers.
As he was getting back in the car with the stolen money, dye packs exploded, surrounding him with a red mist. A nearby Wichita police officer saw the dye packs explode. That officer chased and stopped Cooper's car where Justin surrendered. Leslie ran off, but was arrested a short time later.
Leslie Cooper was sentenced to 160 months in federal prison for his role in the robbery.
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