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White Supremacist Sentenced For Robberies

Wed., Feb. 12, 1997

The alleged mastermind of a string of Midwestern bank robberies used to finance white supremacist causes faces up to life in prison after being convicted of two robberies in Ohio.

Peter Langan, 38, was convicted in federal court Monday of five felonies in the 1994 robberies of a bank in Columbus and another in suburban Cincinnati. He faces 35 years to life in prison.

No sentencing date was set.

Kevin Durkin, Langan’s lawyer, said he doesn’t expect Langan to be sentenced until after his second trial - this one on charges of conspiracy and receiving stolen money.

Prosecutors in the Columbus case said Langan, who called himself “Commander Pedro,” was part of a gang accused of robbing 22 banks in 1994 and 1995.

The government presented evidence that the robberies were committed to support the group’s white supremacist views. The gang was known as the “Aryan Republican Army” and the “Midwestern Bank Bandits.”



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