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'Agitated' and 'Anxious': Bank Tellers Describe Chaos During Robbery in Gary Lee Sampson Sentencing Retrial

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    Moakley Federal Courthouse

    Stabbed 24 times and left for dead in the thick underbrush of these woods off Route 3A in Marshfield, Massachusetts.

    That was the testimony about the brutal July 2001 murder of 69-year-old Philip McCloskey that jurors heard Friday in the Gary Lee Sampson sentencing retrial.

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    Jurors then got a glimpse of Sampson from before he was a murderer on the run.

    These surveillance photos show him from five separate bank robberies in North Carolina from May through July 2001.

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    The bank tellers took the stand, describing in detail Sampson’s similar MO: coming in overdressed for the steamy North Carolina weather, wearing a hoodie, bandanna or ball cap and sunglasses.

    "He produced a bag that he put on the counter ... just a plastic grocery bag ... he came in demanding 'no alarms, give me your money,' he didn’t have any hesitation," bank manager Angela Yountz testified.

    Bank teller Kimberly Rollins said Sampson "became a little agitated ... getting anxious with the fact I wasn’t moving fast enough."

    Head bank teller Amanda Laws, who was certain she was robbed by the same man twice, exactly two weeks apart, testified, "He stuck the gun out and to my chest ... very loudly he said 'no funny business and nobody gets hurt ... don’t put the dye bomb in the bag or I’ll blow your [expletive] head off, I’ll be waiting for you.'"

    The prosecution will continue presenting its evidence on Monday.

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