STUART — Speaking in a clear voice with his hands and feet shackled, accused bank robber Kevin Cyr on Wednesday pleaded guilty to murder and other charges related to the December shooting death of his Massachusetts girlfriend Sarah Gauvin, who local authorities killed during a high-speed pursuit.
Gauvin, 30, a resident of North Attleboro, Mass., and Cyr, 36, on Dec. 16 fled the Stuart-based Chase Bank in a silver Mustang that Cyr crashed into an unmarked Martin County Sheriff's Office vehicle on Kanner Highway. Two responding deputies fired into the car, striking Cyr in the head, neck and arm and fatally shooting Gauvin.
A native of Worcester, Mass., Cyr appeared before Circuit Judge William Roby, who listed the felony charges against him: second-degree felon murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, high-speed fleeing and two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon.
"It is my understanding that you are entering a plea of guilty to all of those counts," Roby noted, "is that what you want to do?"
"Yes sir," Cyr replied, a tall, thin man with dark hair, dressed in orange jail-issued garb.
"You are doing this because you are guilty, is that correct?" Roby asked.
"I am guilty," announced Cyr, standing motionless before the court.
His criminal record outside Florida reflects multiple assault and larceny charges, and Roby reminded Cyr he could face from 24 years up to life in prison at his sentencing Aug. 24.
"Yes sir," Cyr said.
Assistant State Attorney Nita Denton noted too that Cyr faces additional arrest warrants in other states where he and Gauvin are accused of committing multiple bank heists during a two-month robbery spree prior to their arrival in Stuart.
After his December arrest, authorities learned the couple appeared to be connected to three other bank robberies: a Nov. 1 robbery of a Citizens Bank branch in Worcester, Mass.; the Nov. 26 robbery of a US Bank branch inside a Safeway store in Salem, Ore.; and a Dec. 1 robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank in Chubbuck, Idaho.
At the Chase Bank in Stuart, police determined Cyr and Gauvin made off with $1,054.
During a June interview with Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Cyr apologized to police, bank officials and bystanders who witnessed their chaotic high-speed getaway that ended with Gauvin's death.
After court Wednesday, Denton said at Cyr's sentencing, the state will seek the maximum punishment.
"We're going to ask for life in prison," she said.
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