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Duo Receives Lengthy Prison Sentence For Bank Robbery, Police Shootout

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Dover, Del. – Two Kent County men receive lengthy prison sentences Thursday for a 2011 bank robbery and shootout with police during a car chase through Kent County. 

William Sells, 31, and Russell Grimes, 42, were convicted on a list of charges in May following their trial in Kent County Superior Court. 

"These dangerous offenders placed the lives of scores of victims, police officers, and citizens at risk through their violent behavior and complete disregard for the law. The sentences handed down today, in which these defendants will effectively spend the rest of their lives behind bars, is necessary to protect the public and punish them for their crimes," said Attorney General Beau Biden.

On August 26, 2011, Sells and Grimes committed an armed robbery of the Felton branch of the First National bank of Wyoming. 

After escaping the bank, the defendants engaged in a shootout with police in a 16-mile car chase through Kent County. Multiple shots were fired, striking at least three pursuing police cruisers from the Felton and Harrington Police departments and Delaware State Police. 

No police officers or any one else in the area sustained injuries during the robbery or the pursuit. 

Grimes was arrested on the day of the robbery after being struck in the exchange of gunfire with police. 

Sells was arrested on September 6, 2011 following a three-hour standoff with police after he was located at the Shamrock Motel off US 13 near Dover.

On May 28, 2013, following their trial in Kent County Superior Court, the Jury found both defendants guilty of multiple charges. 

Grimes was found guilty of Robbery, Conspiracy, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, and Reckless Endangering. 

Sells was found guilty of Robbery, Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony, Aggravated Menacing, and Reckless Endangering.

Before the sentence was imposed Thursday, Judge Robert B. Young approved a prosecution motion seeking to have both defendants sentenced under Delaware's Habitual Offender Statute, which provides for enhanced sentences for repeat violent offenders.  

Young sentenced Sells to 96 years in prison and Grimes to 64 years in prison.  Because both were sentenced as habitual offenders, each defendant's prison term is mandatory and neither will receive credit for good time while incarcerated.

This case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Susan Schmidhauser.

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