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The Collarbomb Robbery Case

Bank Robber Dies When Bomb Explodes

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Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong

Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong

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On August 28, 2003, pizza delivery man Brian Douglas Wells was locked into a bombing device when he robbed a bank branch near Erie, Pennsylvania. When he was stopped and handcuffed by state police following the robbery, the bomb exploded, killing him instantly while he was being shown live on television news.

Latest Developments

Collar Bomb Witness Gets Reduced Sentenced
June 7, 2011
A Pennsylvania man, who was originally sentenced to 45 years in prison for his part in a bank robbery that left a pizza deliveryman dead when a bomb around his neck exploded, has been given a reduced sentence in exchange for his testimony against the plot's ringleader. Kenneth E. Barnes will serve only 20 years in the death of Brian Wells.

Previous Developments

Collar Bomb Planner Found Guilty
Nov. 1, 2010
A Pennsylvania jury deliberated 12 hours over two days before finding guilty a 61-year-old woman accused of planning a bank robbery by a pizza deliveryman with a bomb strapped around his neck. Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong was found guilty of armed bank robbery, conspiracy and using a destructive device in a crime of violence.

Collar-Bomb Trial Jury Selection Begins
Oct. 12, 2010
If the first day of court is any indication, defense attorney Douglas Sughre will have no problem convincing the jury that his client's unstable mental state would prevent her from masterminding the bank robbery that left a pizza deliveryman dead after a bomb locked around his next exploded.

Judge Refuses to Move Collar Bomb Trial
Sept. 21, 2010
A Pennsylvania federal judge has rejected a defense request to move the trial of a woman accused of planning a bank robbery that left a pizza deliveryman dead after a bomb around his next exploded. U.S. District Judge Sean McLaughlin said the trial of Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong will be held in Erie as scheduled.

Collarbomb Robbery Suspect Has Cancer
April 13, 2010
The alleged mastermind of a Pennsylvania bank robbery conducted by a pizza deliveryman with a bomb around his neck has developed cancer. It is not yet known if Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong's condition will cause a delay in her trial scheduled for August 30.

Collarbomb Suspect Ruled Competent
Sept. 9, 2009
The woman accused of masterminding a bank robbery with a bomb strapped around the neck of a pizza deliveryman has been ruled competent to stand trial. Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong can now stand trial for the robbery that killed Brian Wells.

Man Gets 45 Years in Collarbomb Case
Dec. 4, 2008
A man who participated in a Pennsylvania bank robbery, in which a bomb strapped around the neck of a pizza delivery man exploded, has been sentenced to 45 years in federal prison. Kenneth E. Barnes pleaded guilty in September to using a destructive device during a crime of violence and conspiracy to commit bank robbery.

Two Indicted in Pizza-Bomb Robbery Case
July 11, 2007
A case that has puzzled investigators for almost four years may be coming to a close with the indictment of two people in the case of a pizza delivery man who robbed a bank with a bomb locked around his neck and later died when the bomb exploded on live television. Authorities say now that pizzaman Brian Douglas Wells was a co-conspirator in the bank robbery plot.

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