Spokane Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Robbing Coeur d'Alene Bank
COEUR D’ALENE – Michael Richard Kent, 40, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene to 60 months in prison for bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Kent to serve three years of supervised release and pay $3,175 in restitution to Washington Trust Bank. Kent pled guilty on July 19, 2011.
According to the plea agreement, Kent admitted that on January 12, 2010, he handed a teller at a Washington Trust Bank in Coeur d'Alene a note demanding bundled cash. The note contained a reference to a gun. After the teller gave Kent $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 Spokane residence and discovered clothing matching items worn by the bank robber, including a jacket, clothing, and boots.
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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