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Man gets 26 life sentences for multi-state bank robbery spree

Posted December 7, 2011

—  An Indiana man will spend the rest of his life in federal prison after being sentenced Tuesday for committing 13 robberies in six states two years ago, including four in North Carolina.

A federal judge sentenced Chad Schaffner, 39, to 26 life sentences in prison. He had already pleaded guilty to the armed robberies in the Carolinas, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee.

"These sentences will give some comfort to the victims whose lives were forever changed by the criminal actions of Chad Schaffner. He will never be able to commit armed robbery or any other crime again," Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, said.

Schaffner's girlfriend, Linda Christina Davis, was sentenced last January to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of accessory after the fact. Prosecutors said she let him use her car in two Tennessee robberies and rented hotel rooms for him in other states to help him avoid capture.

Armed with a gun, Schaffner robbed 11 banks, a credit union and a store between May and September 2009.

He robbed banks in Fletcher, N.C., on May 15, 2009, Fayetteville on July 6, 2009; Edenton on July 15, 2009; and Hendersonville on Aug. 10, 2009.

During the manhunt, the FBI splashed bank surveillance photos of Schaffner on billboards and electronic highway signs across the South. FEB agents credited that unconventional tactic with leading to his arrest in Missouri in September 2009.

Schaffner had spent 14 years in prison in Indiana for convictions including armed robbery, burglary and escaping from custody, according to Indiana Department of Correction records.

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  • bdinota Dec 7, 7:05 p.m.

    You have got to be kidding; he certainly deserves 27, not 26, life sentences!! Judge, you are a softy! You should have thrown the book at him! GEEZ!

  • hellorhighwaters Dec 7, 6:31 p.m.

    This man had already spent 14 years in prison, so he didn't learn anything from that. No mask, not even a thought to what he would do next. Tells me he might have wanted to get caught.
    Maybe that's the only thing he knows how to adjust to - is prison.
    If it feels comfortable, you go back to it(prison). Guess he felt comforable there; and missed it.
    He has a life time of happiness now.
    Alot of time to serve; but the reasoning behind it, huh.

  • SmokeWagon Dec 7, 5:35 p.m.

    26 life sentences...that should let you know what value lawyers, judges, politicians and fat bankers place on their cash....heck you could kill 4 or 5 people and not get THAT many years...!!!

  • Bartmeister Dec 7, 5:10 p.m.

    No disguise? He didn't really care did he?

  • forumowner Dec 7, 4:57 p.m.

    26 life sentences is excessive given no one was killed and since banks essentially run the printing press as needed, doubtful anyone was even harmed financially.

    Given his past convictions he seems like a lifetime con with little hope of rehab. Granted, the punishment should fit the crime.

  • Gork Dec 7, 4:50 p.m.

    at least he had guts enough to do it face to face, unlike the suits who stole trillions...

  • bubbba Dec 7, 4:45 p.m.

    90 day suspension.

  • Ol Forrester Dec 7, 4:17 p.m.

    There's no mention of anyone even being shot and he got life sentences ? ? ? ? This is absurd.

  • Scubagirl Dec 7, 4:12 p.m.

    At least the Feds know how to send someone to prison for a very long time!

  • freedom monkey Dec 7, 4:01 p.m.

    Don't mess with "the Bankers" money. Armed robbery of a citizen, you get one cop, an ID tech, and maybe an Investigator. You arm rob a bank, you get the whole LEO department response, plus ID tech, plus FBI response, and cooperation from other agencies, if necessary, for an in-depth investigation. Don't mess with the "Bankers" money!

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