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Bank robbery suspect to appear in court Monday with attorney

Posted: February 1, 2014 - 2:01pm

The Morrilton man accused of robbing a Conway bank at gunpoint in November is set to appear with an attorney in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday.

Demitris Maple, 31, asked for more time to hire a private attorney at his last court hearing Jan. 6. As of 5:30 p.m. Friday, no court documents were filed to show the appearance of an attorney, according to online court records.

Maple pleaded not guilty to aggravated robbery and theft of property Nov. 21. He is accused in the Nov. 18 armed robbery of the Arkansas Federal Credit Union in Conway.

In January, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Troy Braswell told the court he would have amended felony information at Monday’s hearing due to the discovery of a prior felony conviction against Maple.

Amended criminal information was filed in Circuit Court on Jan. 8 to include an additional felony charge of possession of a firearm by a certain person.

Maple has petitioned two Circuit judges in hopes of having his charges reduced. According to online court records, neither Judge Ed Clawson or Mike Maggio has responded.

Conway police responded to the bank that November morning after a black male reportedly entered the bank with a gun around 10:45 a.m. and demanded money. Maple was apprehended the next day by Pope County authorities after leading multiple agencies on a vehicle-pursuit from Morrilton to Pottsville.

Maple is currently being held at the Faulkner County jail 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.

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan.)

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