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Judge credits getaway driver for stranding bank robbery accomplice

Updated: January 16, 2013 6:07AM

An unreliable getaway driver who abandoned his accomplice at the scene of a bank robbery was given credit for the betrayal by a federal court judge Friday.

Trevor Gregory left pal David Schoenhaar in the lurch outside a Waukegan branch of Associated Bank on Feb. 10 last year.

At a sentencing hearing Friday, Gregory told Judge Charles Norgle that he fled the scene in a rented Dodge Charger in a “moment of clarity” after thinking about his children.

His decision meant the clueless Schoenhaar — dressed in a T-shirt in the cold winter evening — emerged from the bank with no means of escape and was soon arrested near the scene with $220,000 in stolen cash.

Norgle said that whether Gregory drove off without his accomplice because of “some divine intervention” or — as Assistant U.S. Attorney Bolling Haxall alleged, simply because he got “cold feet” after the robbery dragged on for 20 minutes — he did drive away, adding that the robbery “could have been worse” if Schoenhaar had escaped.

Following his arrest, Schoenhaar fingered Gregory as the disloyal get-away driver, as did Gregory’s ex-girlfriend, LaToya Thompson, who worked at the bank and was in on the robbery.

Norgle sentenced the previously unconvicted Gregory to five years and three months behind bars.

Both Thompson and Schoenhaar also have pleaded guilty and are due to be sentenced next week.

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