Harrison County man sentenced for his involvement in bank robbery

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Blaine Allen Ash, of Bristol, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 49 months of incarceration for his involvement in the robbery of Summit Community Bank in November 2020, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced.

Ash, 38, pleaded guilty in May 2021 to one count of “Accessory After the Fact – Bank Robbery.” Ash admitted to assisting Clinton Monroe Utter with concealing his involvement in the robbery of the bank. Utter was sentenced earlier this month for robbing the Summit Community Bank in Salem, West Virginia, of $69,100 on November 17, 2020. 

Ash, along with the other two defendants in this case, was ordered to pay $69,100 in restitution to the bank. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Flower prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The FBI and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

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