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Rapper CU robber found guilty
SPOKANE, Wash. (12/4/07)--A U.S. District Court found a Spokane rapper who dubbed himself “Dead Poet,” guilty Friday of armed bank robbery and attempted witness tampering. While awaiting sentencing by Judge Lonny Suko in a few weeks, John “Bobby” Vigil, 26, will remain in jail (The Spokane-Review Dec. 1). A unanimous jury verdict was handed down after a weeklong trial. Vigil, who has recorded his own rap music under the recording artist title “Dead Poet,” took the stand Thursday in his own defense. He said that he was not one of three men who held up Speedway FCU in Spokane Nov. 26, 2006, making off with nearly $10,000. The jury rejected Vigil’s claim that the third man involved in the credit union heist was Dustin Rockstrom, one of his long-time friends. Vigil maintained that he was taking a shower at his home, during the time of the robbery. However, he did admit to accompanying Rockstrom and his brothers, Brad and Greg, to Montana after the credit union holdup. Vigil testified that he lied to an FBI agent concerning his whereabouts the day the robbery occurred, and that he threatened a woman who had been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. Dustin Rockstrom testified for the prosecution that Vigil was at the credit union during the robbery. Rockstrom awaits sentencing after he pled guilty to being an accessory after the fact.


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