Dougherty Gang's Mom 'Devastated,' Relieved

Her three children face 'a big legal mess'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2011 1:27 PM CDT
Police are pictured at the scene where three fugitive siblings wanted in Florida and Georgia crashed their automobile, left, and were arrested near Walsenburg, Colo., on Aug. 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/Pueblo Chieftain, Mike Sweeney)
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(Newser) – Barbara Bell, mom to the "Dougherty Gang," says she's relieved her three children have been found but is "devastated" over their string of run-ins with the law. "Thank God they're not tried by the media," the Florida woman says. "They're tried in a court of law and their story will come out at that time." Bell, who went into hiding when the ordeal began, tells WTSP she's "glad they were found." (Click for background on the gang's misadventures.)

"Throughout all of this, I think everybody just wanted it to stop. And now it's over," she tells the AP. As for the fate of her children, Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, and Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21, their first appearance on charges of first-degree assault on a peace officer in Colorado is today, but they also face charges in Florida and Georgia of shooting at police and robbing a bank. "These three have a big legal mess in front of them and at some point they'll face charges in all those jurisdictions," says an FBI special agent.

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