The three — 21-year-old Ryan Edward Dougherty, 26-year-old Dylan Stanley-Dougherty and 29-year-old Lee Grace Dougherty — pleaded not guilty to bursting into a Valdosta bank and stealing $5,168 to fund their mayhem.
They could face decades more in prison for the robbery, on top of the lengthy sentences they received in Colorado for leading police on a dangerous chase there that climaxed with their capture after an eight-day national manhunt. This won’t be their last court appearance, either. They face additional charges in Florida of shooting at an officer who tried to pull them over.
“The three Dougherty siblings could have killed anybody at any time,” said Sheriff Chris Nocco of Pasco County, Fla. “We’re just blessed that no civilians were hurt and no law enforcement officers were hurt.”
The trio spoke only briefly at the hearing, telling the judge they understood the charges and entering their not guilty pleas. Their attorneys declined to comment after the hearing.
The search for the gang began in August when an officer northeast of Tampa, Fla., tried to pull over their car for speeding. That led to a five-mile police chase, with speeds around 100 mph. Two of the passengers squeezed off at least 20 gunshots at the officer pursuing them. He wasn’t hurt, but a bullet burst one of his tires, forcing him to give up the chase.