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Bank robbery suspect petitions court for reduced charges

Posted: January 4, 2014 - 3:36pm
Demitris Maple, 31.  COURTESY OF FAULKNER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
COURTESY OF FAULKNER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Demitris Maple, 31.

The Morrilton man accused in November’s armed robbery of the Arkansas Federal Credit Union has asked the court to consider reducing his charges.

Demitris Maple, 31, made the request in a Dec. 30 letter to Faulkner County Circuit Judge Ed Clawson, who presided over his arraignment. However, Maple’s court hearing scheduled for Monday morning is before Circuit Judge Mike Maggio.

Maple, who has been charged with aggravated robbery and theft of property, writes that if he was able to receive reduced charges, and receive a chance “back in the real world,” then the next time “you hear my name it will be positive.”

On Thursday, Maple’s mother, LaDonna Blake, wrote a “character letter” to Maggio.

Blake said her son has been diagnosed with “some mental issues,” including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and recently, has not been taking his medication as he should.

“I’m not saying what he did was right,” Blake wrote. “I’m just saying my son needs a mental evaluation, so he can get the medicine and help that he needs.”

Maple is accused of robbing the Arkansas Federal Credit Union, located at 220 Skyline Drive, on Nov. 18. According to court documents, Maple’s 31st birthday was the same day as the armed robbery.

According to police, a black male entered the bank with a gun around 10:45 a.m., and demanded money. Due to witness statements and surveillance footage, investigators were able to pinpoint Maple as a suspect.

Maple was apprehended Nov. 19 in Pope County after leading multiple agencies on a vehicle-pursuit from Morrilton to Pottsville, an affidavit states. While being interrogated by investigators, Maple admitted to the robbery.

Maple is currently being held in lieu of a $250,000 bond. If convicted of aggravated robbery, a class Y felony, Maple would face 10 to 40 years or life in prison.

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