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Reversal of Felon's Conviction in Woodbury Bank Robbery Stayed by NJ Supreme Court

A state Appeals Court reversed Leon C. Glaspie's conviction in the 2008 robbery. The state Supreme Court stayed that decision while the Attorney General's Office requests an appeal.

Leon C. Glaspie won't leave prison right away. 

In a notice released Tuesday, the state Supreme Court stayed a lower court's decision last month to overturn the imprisoned felon's conviction in a 2008 Woodbury bank robbery. 

The stay will remain in effect while the state Attorney General's Office prepares a legal brief asking the Supreme Court to review the New Jersey Appellate Court panel's decision to throw out Glaspie's conviction on a technicality. 

Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa, said in an email Tuesday that the request will be filed soon. 

"We appreciate that the court has stayed the effect of the Appellate Division's opinion pending submission and consideration of our" request, Aseltine said. 

In a 14-page, published decision, the Appellate Court judges ruled that in Glaspie's case, authorities violated a federal law prohibiting defendants from being “shuttled” back and forth between states, or from federal to state custody while charges are pending. The intent of the law is to prevent defendants from being removed from rehabilitation programs and to prevent states from being saddled with housing costs for inmates from other jurisdictions.

On Nov. 5, 2008, while serving a five-year federal sentence for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, Glaspie was furloughed from a halfway house in Philadelphia so he could look for a job.

Instead, authorities said, he and a co-defendant, 49-year-old Darryl Adams of Philadelphia, drove to New Jersey and robbed The Bank (now known as Fulton Bank) in Woodbury.

After robbing the bank, Glaspie and Adams fled in a getaway car, which crashed head-on into a Deptford police cruiser on Clements Bridge Road, causing Deptford Police Sgt. Chris Thomas to suffer serious injuries to his mouth, prosecutors said.

Adams was arrested a short distance from the crash scene. Glaspie, whom authorities said was driving the getaway car, fled and remained a fugitive until his arrest in Philadelphia on Nov. 24, 2008.

Glaspie, 29, was being held in a federal detention center on the escape charge when he was transported to Gloucester County to face charges in the bank-robbery case. The state argued to the Appellate Division that the shuttling law didn't apply to Glaspie then, because he wasn't actually serving time in a federal prison. 

Glaspie pleaded guilty on March 3, 2011, to the bank robbery. He was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, with a requirement that he serve 85 percent of his sentence, or eight years and six months.


Leon Glaspie December 08, 2013 at 10:15 AM
matt, this is leont the subject of this article. A comment was posted on patch last night regarding the reversal of my conviction, but it was taken dowm asap because it went against the other posted comments. I dont think thats fair. The truth is the truth and as long as you aviod being fair and impartial patch will never be a champion of free speech, so I kindly ask that you repost ruga da butchers comment and let those in oppositon to his opinion comment as they see fit. Thank you, the man that was illegaly imprisoned.

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