- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) - In a story July 8 about a Missouri lawyer pleading guilty to robbing a bank and shooting a state trooper, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a tentative plea agreement calls for Warren Gladders to concurrently serve sentences on separate state and federal charges. The preliminary agreement calls for the sentences to run consecutively.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Missouri lawyer pleads guilty to bank robbery

64-year-old Missouri lawyer pleads guilty to robbing banks, shooting trooper


Associated Press

WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) - A 64-year-old attorney and businessman who already had admitted to robbing three banks has pleaded guilty to a bank heist and to shooting a Missouri trooper.

Warren Gladders of Wentzville pleaded guilty to five felony charges on July 8 in Warren County Circuit Court in the September 2013 armed robbery at the First Bank of Dutzow. He was charged with stealing $43,000 from the bank and then firing four shots at a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper. The trooper, who was shot in the chest, was wearing a bulletproof vest and was unharmed.

Gladders had pleaded guilty on July 7 in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to stealing $7,000 from a Creve Coeur bank in July 2013 and $5,000 from a Weldon Spring bank one month later, as well as the Warren County bank robbery. Under a plea agreement, federal prosecutors are recommending a 25-year sentence, in addition to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to run consecutively with the longer term. He could have faced up to life in prison.

Defense attorney Timothy Joyce said he expects the sentence in that case to run consecutively with the federal sentence. Prosecuting Attorney Jennifer A. Bartlett confirmed that she also expects the length of Gladders’ prison sentence in Warren County to be added to his federal sentence.

Court records do not indicate what prompted Gladders to turn to a life of crime, and his attorney and family would not discuss details of the case. Until his arrest, Gladders was president of Apex Laundry and Dry Cleaning Equipment Co. in St. Louis County. He asked the Missouri Bar in 2012 to have his license classified as inactive and it complied, according to the organization.

Public records show Gladders grew up in the affluent St. Louis suburb of Ladue and graduated from the exclusive John Burroughs School. He graduated from Colgate University in upstate New York and the Washington University School of Law.

Gladders is due back in state court in early September and in federal court in October.


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