Bartonella rage maybe, but bank robbery?

I have seen Lyme symptoms being the culprit for many shortcomings.  Especially when it comes to memory loss, anger, or fatigue; but bank robbery is a first.

This came from today’s Hartford Courant:

MIDDLETOWN — – A robber accused of a string of bank holdups in Old Saybrook, Madison, Seymour and Hamden in 2008 was sentenced to 13 years in prison Tuesday.

Jeffrey DeAngelis, 29, of Shelton, blamed an addiction to drugs for fueling the robbery spree. His lawyer said the addiction began while DeAngelis was medicated at age 11 for Lyme disease.

“I know that what I did was wrong,” DeAngelis told Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Clifford as his mother sat sobbing just a few feet away in the courtroom gallery. “I’ve been struggling with drugs for years. It’s a problem that needs to be addressed.”

In a deal struck with prosecutors, DeAngelis pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree robbery. Each count carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison. DeAngelis’ pleas were entered under the Alford doctrine, which means he did not admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors probably had enough evidence to convict him.

Prosecutor Maureen Platt said DeAngelis robbed banks in the four towns in November and December 2008. He told tellers he would kill them or blow them up with bombs if they did not comply with his demands for cash, Platt said. Witnesses did not report seeing DeAngelis with weapons during the heists.

For the complete article: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-shoreline-serial-bank-robber.artmar31,0,5106390.story

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~ by Rob on March 31, 2010.

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