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In court, Dougherty siblings explain cross-country crime spree

From left, Ryan Edward Dougherty, 22, Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, 27, and Lee-Grace Dougherty, 29, were sentenced Monday in Colorado for shooting at a police officer. They have also been accused of staging a daring bank robbery in Georgia.
From left, Ryan Edward Dougherty, 22, Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, 27, and Lee-Grace Dougherty, 29, were sentenced Monday in Colorado for shooting at a police officer. They have also been accused of staging a daring bank robbery in Georgia.Associated Press

They were dubbed the "Dougherty Gang," or "Bonnie and Clyde and Clyde" -- three Florida siblings who embarked on a cross-country crime spree last summer in an attempt to flee to Belize, where they dreamed of living for the rest of their lives.

It was not, Lee-Grace Dougherty acknowledged in court on Monday, a well-thought out plan. Lee-Grace, 29, was sentenced by a Colorado court to 24 years in prison on Monday. She pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first-degree assault and two counts of felony menacing.  

"I didn't set out to harm anyone," Lee-Grace said, according to 9News.com, an NBC affiliate in Denver, Colo. "My only thought was to get my brother to another country and help him start another life."

Her younger brother, Dylan Dougherty, 27, was sentenced to 32 years.

The youngest of the trio, Ryan Dougherty, 22, was the one the older two siblings wanted to save from probation and from having to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to 18 years.

In August, the Dougherty siblings drove from Florida to Colorado, outrunning a police trooper and shooting his tires. They have also been charged with robbing $5,200 from a bank in Valdosta, Ga. and will stand trial there in May.

They were eventually caught on Aug. 11.

Dylan Dougherty was described as the "trigger man," according to 9News.com. Prosecutors say he fired multiple times at troopers.

Said Assistant District Attorney Clay McKisson, according to 9News.com: Dylan fired, "not once or twice, but 11 times that we know of at the troopers chasing him, without regard for the lives of the officers."

Friends told GQ magazine, however, that if Dylan had wanted to hit the troopers, he would have.

"I can shoot a running rabbit with a $3 pistol," Dylan told the FBI, according to GQ.

According to a feature in GQ, the Doughertys (pronounced dock-erty) hatched their plan to leave the country after Ryan Dougherty was told he would not be allowed, legally, to live with his unborn son because of his status as a sex offender -- when he was 19 he got into trouble for texting a girl he thought was 13, but who was really 11.

He would also have to wear an ankle bracelet, which would cost him $240 a month.

That afternoon, he and his siblings wrote on a piece of paper, worried that the ankle bracelet also captured audio and would reveal their plan.

The next morning, the three siblings loaded up a Subaru with 10 guns and 2,000 rounds of ammunition and a plastic jug of water, according to GQ. Ten days later, law enforcement caught up with them.

In the courtroom in Colorado on Monday, Dylan Dougherty told a judge that he never tried to hurt anybody. He wore a yellow jumpsuit and wore his hair in a ponytail.

"I wish I had done things differently," Dougherty said, according to 9News. "Not sure what I would've done differently. Actions I did take were not my character."

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