YORK, Penn. – A couple interrupted their spree of six credit union robberies last year to get married and have a honeymoon, before resuming their spree to rob two more credit unions.
The couple, Jason Dixon, 45, and his bride, Shawnette Fleet, 44, both of Baltimore, will spend the intervening years separated by prison bars after they each admitted to the 2011 honeymoon robbery spree. They told authorities the robberies helped pay for Dixon’s heroin and cocaine habit.
The newlyweds were captured Aug. 10, 2011, nine days after their nuptials, when police pulled them over on Interstate 83 and found a gun believed used in the robberies and a large amount of cash in the car. The gun turned out to be an unloaded BB gun.
Dixon was sentenced to 100 months behind bars, and Fleet to 42 months, with each responsible to repay half of the $112,107 they stole from the six credit unions between March and August 2011: American Community FCU in Chambersburg; Wheatland FCU in Lancaster; Patriot FCU in Chambersburg; AmeriChoice FCU in York Township and in Camp Hill; and LANCO FCU in Mount Joy.
The armed robbery spree was interrupted for a few days when the couple tied the knot on Aug. 1, then spent a few days honeymooning in the Poconos, according to authorities.
State prosecutors announced Monday they were dropping charges against the couple because of the duplicate cases against them in federal court.
In arguing for leniency for his client, Dixon’s lawyer noted that following his arrest, Dixon wrote a letter of apology to the tellers and members of the credit unions he robbed.