- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) - A former lawyer who robbed banks and shot at a pursuing Missouri trooper has been sentenced to 45 years in prison on state charges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1nTqz98 ) reports that the sentence handed down Thursday for 65-year-old Warren Gladders will be served consecutively to the sentence of more than 24 years for the same crimes in federal court. Gladders was sentenced on the federal charges earlier this month.

Gladders apologized in court Thursday but offered no clues on what motivated him. Court documents and a business partner have suggested that Gladders, of Wentzville, had money trouble.

Gladders robbed three banks in 2013, starting with the Reliance Bank in Creve Coeur on July 7. He robbed the First National Bank in Weldon Spring on Aug. 2.

After the robbery of the First Bank in Dutzow on Sept. 20, 2013, a trooper spotted Gladders’ car and tried to pull him over, leading to a gun battle.

Gladders was shot in the leg. A bullet-resistant vest saved the trooper, who was uninjured.

In all three robberies, Gladders showed a revolver. He took a total of about $55,000.

Gladders pleaded guilty in July in U.S. District Court to three bank robbery charges and a charge of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. He pleaded guilty that same month in state court to assault of a law enforcement officer, robbery, two counts of armed criminal action and unlawful possession of an illegal weapon.

Gladders was a graduate of Colgate University and the Washington University law school. He previously worked as both a lawyer and police officer. He was co-owner of a laundry equipment business at the time of the crimes.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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