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Stamford bank robber ‘just creating the news’ gets 3 years in jail

January 17, 2019

STAMFORD — A city man who claimed to be making news after he was arrested robbing a downtown bank last summer has been sentenced to three years in jail.

Charles Redshirt, 35, of Franklin Street, pleaded guilty to felony counts of second-degree robbery and fourth-degree larceny for walking out of the Summer Street branch of First Bank of Greenwich on July 16, 2018 with more than $1,000 in cash.

Police were called to the nearby Inspirica building where officer Brian McKay and Sgt. Chris Petrizzi apprehended Redshirt at gunpoint in the lobby about 10 minutes after the robbery. Police said Redshirt was in possession of some of the money taken in the robbery.

While he was waiting to be taken to police headquarters, Redshirt said he was “just creating the news” when asked why he robbed the bank.

Redshirt was given a seven-year suspended sentence and four years probation. If Redshirt violates his parole, he could be forced to serve all or some of the seven years in jail.

Stamford State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo told Judge Gary White that Redshirt robbed the bank of $1,155, but never showed a gun.

Redshirt has a criminal record dating back to 1999 that includes convictions for assault, burglary, violation of probation, failure to appear in court, having a weapon in a motor vehicle and drunken driving, the bail commissioner said.

Redshirt’s attorney said his client has drug problems and has gained some clarity in the six months he has been at the Garner Correctional Center where prisoners with severe mental issues are housed.

“Mr. Redshirt has a situation where he has had some past difficulties with substance abuse and is trying to straighten out his life,” Public Defender Howard Ehring said. “This was a good resolution for Mr. Redshirt and he is addressing some of his difficulties while he is incarcerated.”

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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