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Convicted Collar Bomber Files Latest Appeal

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Convicted collar bomber Marjorie Diehl Armstrong has filed an 18-page appeal to her conviction for helping to plan and execute a botched collar bomb bank robbery that took the life of pizza delivery man Brian Wells in August of 2003.

The appeal, made to federal trial judge Sean McLaughlin, alleges that some of the evidence was wrong and some witnesses coached into saying the same thing.

Diehl was convicted of belonging to a small group of people who developed a bizarre scheme to place a live collar bomb around the neck of pizza delivery man Brian Wells to force him to rob the upper Peach Street branch of PNC Bank.

Wells was to have driven to a number of spots after the robbery but he was stopped by police in the parking lot of Eye Glass World.

He died when the bomb detonated before bomb disposal units could arrive.

"She has a lot of time on her hands," was the reaction of Jerry Clark, Ph.D., a Gannon University professor who was the lead investigator for the FBI at the time. "(She) believes she was falsely accused and will do everything she can to try to prove that."

Two previous appeals from Diehl Armstrong were unsuccessful.

 

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