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Holyoke Mayor’s Brother, Co-Defendant Plead Guilty to Bank Robbery, Car Theft


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) – Two suspects in a 2012 car theft and bank robbery have pleaded guilty and sentenced to jail.

33-year-old Douglas Morse pleaded guilty to a charge unarmed robbery and a charge of larceny Tuesday afternoon in Hampden County Superior Court related to his involvement in the robbery of a Berkshire Bank branch in March 2012.

A co-defendant, 20-year-old Desiree Ferreira of Westfield, also admitted to the same charges.

On March 24, 2012, investigators say that Ferreira went into the Berkshire Bank on Longmeadow Street in Longmeadow, passed the teller a note demanding money, and fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police add that Morse served as the getaway driver and was seen driving Ferreira away from the bank.

Morse is the brother of Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.

Ferreira turned herself into police a few days later after learning she was being sought by authorities. Morse was picked up during a traffic stop in Holyoke in early April 2012.

Morse was sentenced to two and a half to three years in jail at MCI-Cedar Junction in Walpole, with credit for 327 days of time served.

Ferreira will serve two to three years at MCI-Framingham.

Following their releases from prison, both will face two years probation, with Morse having an additional condition that he remain drug and alcohol free.

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