Jurors deciding the fate of convicted bank robber
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter email@example.com January 9, 2013 1:42AM
In this photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections is 39-year-old Robert Maday, a bank robber who managed to overcome two suburban Chicago officers who were transporting him Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009. While on the lam, authorities contend 39-year-old Robert Maday boldly robbed the same bank he allegedly robbed before. Police in West Chicago caught Maday on Friday after a car chase ended in a crash. (AP Photo/Illinois Department of Corrections)
A convicted bank robber will have to wait at least one more day to learn whether he faces additional time behind bars for a 2009 escape.
Jurors pondering the fate of Robert Maday, 42, went home from federal court Tuesday night without reaching a verdict on five counts stemming from his Sept. 17, 2009 escape and the crime spree that followed.
Maday already faces decades behind bars for prior convictions but is fighting charges that he was armed with two stolen guns when he allegedly robbed a Bloomingdale bank while on the run three years ago.
His attorney Anthony Sassan told jurors at the end of a five-day trial on Tuesday that he was “not here to tell you that he did not escape.”
But Sassan argued that the government had not proved that a bulge visible under Maday’s shirt on a security video of the bank robbery was a stolen handgun, urging them to throw out a gun charge that could lengthen Maday’s prison stay.
Prosecutors ridiculed Sassan’s claim that the bulge could have been a ball cap or a belt. They say Sassan used two pistols he stole from Cook County State’s Attorney’s investigators after slipping out of handcuffs as he was being driven to Rolling Meadows courthouse.
Jurors Tuesday afternoon sent Judge Ruben Castillo a note, asking to see the guns — a request Castillo said he’d grant when jurors continue their deliberations Wednesday.