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The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York affirmed the conviction and life sentence last week of Richard Wilbern who fatally shot a credit union member during a 2003 branch robbery in Webster, N.Y.

In November 2019, a jury found Wilbern guilty of the crime after hearing testimony that included key DNA evidence taken from the robbery scene at the former Xerox Federal Credit Union branch. During the robbery, Wilbern shot and killed Raymond Batzel, who was a member of Xerox FCU.  Another member, Joseph Doud, was shot and injured, but he survived.

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