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A Wichita man has admitted he was the getaway driver for his brother in a Wichita bank robbery last spring.
Justin Cooper, 24, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to aiding and abetting bank robbery. He will be sentenced on Jan. 7. He faces up to 20 years in prison with a fine of up to $250,000.
Cooper admitted he drove his brother, Lessie Cooper, to the Commerce Bank at 1701 South Broadway on March 16. Prosecutors said Lessie went into the bank with a rifle, and left with an unknown amount of cash.
Dye packs exploded as Lessie got back into the car, and this was seen by a nearby police officer. That officer stopped the Coopers' car at the intersection of Clark and Silver, where Justin was arrested. Lessie ran into the neighborhood and hid inside a home in the 2100 block of South Silver. Police found him and took him into custody.
Lessie has already been sentenced to 160 months in federal prison for the robbery.