(08/18/2009)
By Bob Weaver

Calhoun bank robber Darin Stephen McClain, 25, an Ohio resident, has been sentenced to 77 months in a federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, according to Calhoun Prosecutor Shelly DeMarino.

McClain was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $14,409, likely the amount he took from Calhoun Banks in Arnoldsburg last December.

McClain has agreed to testify in state court as needed.

Because of the federal status of the case, McClain was not extradited to Calhoun County, said DeMarino.

McClain, who had a history of drug arrests in Ohio, went into Speedy Mart in Arnoldsburg requesting the cost of cigarettes, according to store employees, after which he walked to the nearby bank.

He was caught on video surveillance cameras at both businesses.

The criminal complaint says McClain "handed a teller...a note, which stated the demand for monies. This note also stated that the defendant had a gun and would kill the bank teller if the demands...were not met."

The bank teller complied with the demands of the note, "where the defendant further threatened the teller's life, expressing that the teller would have 30 seconds to comply or be killed."

The complaint says "identifying information was obtained by video, of the driver of the vehicle transporting the defendant to and from the bank location."

McClain was "also identified from photographs by persons knowing his identity and having contact with the defendant prior to and after the commission of this crime."

Police towed a van from the Arnoldsburg area following the robbery, a vehicle likely used in some manner in the robbery. That van was later released and returned to an Arnoldsburg resident.

Sources have indicated McClain was visiting with acquaintances in the Arnoldsburg area when he committed the robbery.

Two local subjects were arrested in connection with the hold-up, Richard Starcher and Beau Collins.


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