Multi-State Bank Robber Given 26 Life Sentences

A man who robbed an Eastern Carolina bank, and 12 other places in six states was given a total of 26 life prison sentences.

Thirty-nine-year-old Chad Schaffner of Indianapolis was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for holdups in 2009, including 11 banks, one credit union and one retail store. Fourteen of the sentences are to run consecutively.

Schaffner robbed the Southern Bank on Queen Street in Edenton in August 2009 and three other banks in the state. Other robberies happened in Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina and Illinois.

Schaffner's picture was posted on electronic billboards across the South after traditional investigations failed. Agents said the tactic worked because he was identified as a suspect within 24 hours of bank surveillance photos popping up on wall-size electronic highway signs.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    This idiot robs a few banks of thousands of dollars and gets 26 life sentences? How did bernie madoff who stole millions from hundreds of people, much less all taxpayers make it through trial with his life and end up on a federal golf course? How does a murderer get a plea bargain and get off with manslaughter and out in ten years?
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      by C-HAD on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:48 AM in reply to
      Gotta love America....
  • by Bleeder on Dec 7, 2011 at 07:33 PM
    Our criminal justice system has evolved into a joke. Bring back hangings for stealing a man's horse, guillotines for rapists, and firing squads for public drunkenness - update them to today's crimes and see how many criminals have a change of heart.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 06:59 PM
    This is ridiculous punishment for crimes in which no one was injured or killed. Yes, he should go to prison--for maybe ten or fifteen years. Twenty-six life sentences for robbing banks is just plain stupid when you think about all the killers who go free after serving just a few years in prison.
  • by CP Location: GVLLE on Dec 7, 2011 at 03:37 PM
    TO: RYAN YOU SAID IT RIGHT!!! U.S. NEEDS TO GET THOUGHER LAWS
  • by jimmy Location: tick bite on Dec 7, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    Why is this posted on the ECU sports page? East Carolina Bank robber should be local news not headlining the sports page
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      by Maybe... on Dec 7, 2011 at 01:06 PM in reply to jimmy
      Maybe, to him...robbing banks was a sport.
  • by Ryan Location: Havelock on Dec 7, 2011 at 10:46 AM
    As of 2009 it cost approximately $47,000.00 per year to maintain a federal prisoner. You are proposing it is acceptable to burden the law abiding, family rearing people of this country with the cost of housing prisoners incarcerated for the rest of their lives, in many cases 50 plus years or more, at the cost of $47,000 a year? According to the NC Board of education we spend approximately $10,000 a year to educate a child in our public school system. We have approximately 1,430,000 students in the public schools ( I cut off the private academies.) We have just over 148,000 inmates in the state per the Department of Corrections. This includes Probationers and supervised release as well. With all that said, where is our money better spent? On children who will become our future and a caretakers or those who have no hope of EVER contributing anything to society other than carbon dioxide? He can not be rehabilitated, will not be released, why prolong his life and drain my taxes?
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      by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 02:04 PM in reply to Ryan
      Because we're a nations of laws and not senseless murder? And yes, killing a man for a crime, which nobody was physically harmed in, would be murder. Besides, it's more expensive to enforce the death penalty, you have appeal after appeal after appeal, which drives up court cost and the cost of a defense lawyer. It's just better to let them fester in jail.
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        by Anonymous...... on Dec 7, 2011 at 06:34 PM in reply to
        I got news for you... to take any human life under any circumstances is murder no matter what. Doesn't matter if the state is doing the killing or a thug on the street. Murder is Murder.... Man has been doing it to himself since Cain and Able. As for the death penalty, that too needs amending.. two years or two appeals, whatever comes first. Then drop hammer. Will some innocents be killed? More than likely yes. However it is not a perfect system, it never has been and never will be. Continuing to allow bleeding hearts to burden our society with lugging this worthless oxygen theives around will eventually bring us all to our knees. We already can not house the criminals we currenlty have. You want to all for more? What happens then? I can tell you what..... People like the three amigos in Emerald Isle continue their trades after over 20 periods of jail time. Rehabilitation works doesn't it.
  • by Justice? on Dec 7, 2011 at 10:30 AM
    Hmmm, yet another example of who OWNS our lawmakers and writes laws. Worse punishment for bank robbery than for killing people.
  • by CRYSTAL!!!! on Dec 7, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    Our justice system is such a crock!! people that murder others don't even get as harsh a sentence as this. our system is backwards. not saying that the bank robber should not have gotten anything, because he should. it just bothers me how corrupt our system has become. we as tax paying citizens should raise cain, and go beyond each other. lets go to congress and get some legislation started!!!!
  • by ryan Location: Havelock on Dec 7, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    This drives me insane.... 26 life sentences? This should be an expeditious move to the front of the execution line. We as taxpayers will pay for him for the next 50 plus years.. to what end? Execute him and move on.
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      by Yeaahhh on Dec 7, 2011 at 09:39 AM in reply to ryan
      Execute him! Yes! Because that's what we do with people who didn't physically hurt anyone.
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        by ralphie on Dec 7, 2011 at 11:36 AM in reply to Yeaahhh
        freak posting as yeaahhh- you belong in line too, since you have no idea of the damage criminals do to innocent folks. The dude is beyond rehabilitation- and 26 life sentences likely will be parole in three years- where he will do it all again. Why spend food on a nasty selfish creep that could feed INNOCENT folks?
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          by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 01:59 PM in reply to ralphie
          Because our justice system have evolved past needless brutality over the past few hundred years.
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