Western Slope bank robbers sentenced to federal prison
DENVER – On Monday, June 25, 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger sentenced Brandon D. Smith to serve 63 months in federal prison for two counts of armed bank robbery. Following his prison sentence, Smith was ordered to serve 5 years on supervised release. He was also ordered to pay restitution jointly and severally with co-defendant Troy Ashley. Ashley was earlier sentenced by Judge Krieger to serve 57 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years on supervised release. He, too, was ordered to pay restitution jointly and severely with Smith.
Both defendants were responsible for two bank robberies, including the June 24, 2011 armed robbery of the Alpine Bank in Montrose and the July 29, 2011 armed robbery of the Surface Creek Bank in Cedaredge, Colorado.
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Cedaredge Police Department assisted in apprehending the two bank robbers.
The defendants were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Heldmyer.