Spokane Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Coeur d’Alene Bank
COEUR D’ALENE -- Michael Richard Kent, 39, of Spokane, Washington, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to the plea agreement, Kent admitted that on January 12, 2010, he approached a teller at a Washington Trust Bank in Coeur d’Alene, and handed her a note demanding bundled cash. The note also made reference to a gun. After giving the defendant $3,175 in bundled cash, Kent fled the bank. Video footage of the robbery released to the media assisted law enforcement in identifying and apprehending Kent. FBI agents searched Kent's residence and discovered clothing that matched the items worn by the bank robber, including a jacket, clothing and boots.
The charge of bank robbery is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.
Sentencing is set for September 27, 2011, at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Idaho State Police and the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.
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