Torrington man pleads guilty to Washington bank robbery
A Torrington man who allegedly robbed the National Iron Bank in Washington last year pleaded guilty Tuesday in Litchfield Superior Court.
William Bram Fox, 30, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and narcotics charges. Police never found the gun Mr. Fox had reportedly used in the robbery, but enough incriminating evidence was gathered that he admitted to the crime.
In exchange to Mr. Fox's plea, he will be sentenced Feb. 19 to no less than five and up to eight years in prison. Mr. Fox faced 27 years in prison if found guilty in a jury trial.
State's Attorney David Shepack said Mr. Fox entered the bank Dec. 4, 2008, on Bee Brook Road. He used a gun to demand cash and fled with some $35,000. It is believed he tossed the handgun into the nearby stream.
Mr. Fox's red pickup truck was spotted five days later as it was driven on Route 202 in New Preston. Inside the truck, police found $14,000 in cash in a duffel bag, 16 bundles of heroine, other drugs and paraphernalia. Also in the truck was Mr. Fox' brother, Cody Chappuis, 20, Mr. Shepack said.
A friend of Mr. Fox turned in more money from the robbery to the police after Mr. Fox's arrest, Mr. Shepack said. Some of the bills had been tracked back to the bank via serial numbers.
Both Mr. Fox and Mr. Chappuis were arrested on narcotics charges.