A convicted bank robber who escaped from custody while being driven to a courthouse in 2009, then went on a crime spree for a little more than a day, was convicted today of escape, bank robbery and weapons charges.
A federal jury convicted Robert Maday, 42, on all five counts. Maday was visibly upset when the verdict was announced in U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo’s courtroom, audibly gasping as he leaned back in his chair.
Later, Maday’s lawyer, Anthony Sassan, said his client effectively faces life in prison given the charges on which he was convicted as well as his previous criminal record.
Maday was able to free himself from restraints, grab a gun from an investigator for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office and flee. He then stole cars from two women at gunpoint over the next 27 hours and robbed the same bank he had about a year earlier before he was captured after a high-speed chase.