NJ couple's pre-wedding bank heist ends in prison

May 9, 2011 8:00:26 AM PDT
Two southern New Jersey residents who robbed a bank last year to pay for their wedding trip to Las Vegas are now headed to state prison.

Twenty-eight-year old Charles B. Koch of Stratford and 27-year-old Cheri Harper of Malaga both received seven-year terms on Friday. They must serve 85 percent of their sentences before becoming eligible for parole.

They also were ordered to pay $7,600 in overall restitution to the Newfield National Bank in Franklin Township (Gloucester County), which they admitted robbing on Jan. 8, 2010.

Harper told authorities she entered the bank with a concealed knife, while Koch claimed to have a bomb. They soon fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and began driving to Las Vegas, but were captured in Oklahoma five days later.

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