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Ga. NAACP calls for investigation into Barbie bandits sentences
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    MARIETTA, Ga. — The head of the Georgia NAACP is calling for a state investigation into the sentences given in the so-called ‘‘Barbie bandits’’ bank theft case.
    Edward DuBose says he is asking state Attorney General Thurbert Baker to look into why a Cobb County court gave the two white women in the February 2007 bank heist less time in jail than the two black men in the case.
    Baker’s office did not immediately return a message for comment on Tuesday.
    Last month Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley gave 20-year-old Heather Johnston 10 years probation after she pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by taking and cooperated with prosecutors. The judge gave 19-year-old Ashley Miller two years in jail and eight years probation.
    Their accomplices -- both black -- weren’t as lucky.
    A jury convicted 28-year-old Michael Chastang to 10 years behind bars for being the mastermind of the robbery. Chastang’s case went to trial after he pleaded not guilty. Bank teller Bennie Allen III pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in jail after prosecutors said he was not cooperative.
    Chastang is also serving 15 years on drug-trafficking charges not related to the bank robbery. The 23-year-old Allen was on probation for a drug conviction.
    Johnston and Miller — both former exotic dancers who went by the stage names ‘‘Charlie’’ and ‘‘Adrienne’’ — were nicknamed the ‘‘Barbie bandits’’ after they were videotaped wearing sunglasses and laughing as they appeared to rob a Bank of America branch in Acworth of $11,000. They admitted plotting with a teller to fake the robbery and later going on a shopping binge that included a stop in a fashionable hair salon.
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    Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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