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Colo. fugitive sister: 'I deserved to get shot'

August 10th, 2011 6:57 am by KRISTEN WYATT

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A woman caught with her two brothers after a nationwide manhunt told Colorado authorities she "deserved to get shot," according to an arrest affidavit.

Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, and Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21, are being held in Pueblo County, Colo., on bonds of $1.25 million each. The three made their first court appearance Thursday in Pueblo, Colo., appearing by video from jail. None made any statement during the brief hearing.

They face charges of attempted murder of a peace officer and assault on a peace officer. The charges stem from allegations that they shot AK-47 rounds at four patrol cars in Colorado during a chase on Interstate 25 near the town of Walsenburg, Colo., on Wednesday. The chase ended when their Subaru rolled and crashed into a guardrail after a tire was punctured by stop strips troopers had deployed across the highway.

Lee Dougherty ran from the crash and was shot in the leg by Walsenburg Police Chief James Chamblerlain after she pointed a machine gun at him, according to the affidavit. The document says she later told police, "I deserved to get shot."

Investigators said that when they asked her about gunfire during the chase, Lee Dougherty said she thought authorities were firing at them. Authorities said they didn't fire at the fugitives' car and believe she might have mistaken the sound of the spiked stop sticks for gunshots.

"We weren't trying to hurt anyone; we just wanted them to get back. They were way back and we could barely see them," she said, according to the affidavit. Separate affidavits from the three don't include statements from the brothers.

The trio's mother, Barbara Bell of East Palatka, Fla., spoke briefly Thursday to The Associated Press but declined to discuss their ordeal, saying she didn't think it would help them in the long run.

"Thank God they're not tried by the media," she said. "They're tried in a court of law and their story will come out at that time."

Bell hung up the phone shortly after a reporter called, saying she needed to keep the line open for concerned family members to reach her.

"I'm devastated and I'm trying to be strong for other family members," Bell said. "Throughout all of this, I think everybody just wanted it to stop. And now it's over."

The siblings also have no-bond warrants in Georgia and Florida on charges they robbed a bank in Georgia and shot at a police officer in Florida on Aug. 2.

"These three have a big legal mess in front of them and at some point they'll face charges in all those jurisdictions," FBI Special Agent Phil Niedringhaus said.

Dylan Stanley and Ryan Dougherty are from Lacoochee, Fla. Lee Dougherty had been living with a boyfriend in Orlando, Fla., according to the Pasco County Sheriff's office.

The hunt for them moved to Colorado on Tuesday after a sighting in Colorado Springs, where they reportedly bought camping gear. After images of the trio were broadcast on television, someone tipped Colorado state troopers and the Pueblo County sheriff Wednesday that the suspects might be at a campground in the remote San Isabel National Forest in southern Colorado.

A Pueblo County sheriff's detective spotted the car near an interstate highway that day, followed it discreetly until state troopers joined him, and the chase was on.

Jenny Neal, 38, a clerk working at the time the siblings went to the Sinclair gas station in Colorado City shortly before their capture, said she had not been paying attention to the news so she didn't know who they were. She said she learned that it was Dylan Dougherty Stanley who went into the store, by himself, and bought vitamin water, sunflower seeds and gas.

"He was perfectly polite and friendly and, you know, completely calm and courteous and I really didn't think anything about it," she said.

Moments later, Neal said she saw patrol cars speeding down the highway and thought something was up, but it wasn't until a detective went into the store and asked to review video footage that she found out who her customer was.

Neal said she has wondered what would have happened had she known who they were and her demeanor had not been so calm.

"It's probably better that I didn't know anything, you know. I mean, it could've been different had I recognized them and been nervous or anything. It's a scary thought," she said.

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Associated Press writers Russ Bynum in Georgia; Mitch Stacy, Harry Weber and Michael Schneider in Florida; and Dan Elliott in Colorado contributed to this report.

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Follow Kristen Wyatt at http://twitter.com/APkristenwyatt .

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