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Defendant Terrorized Bank Tellers, Robbing Banks Twice

October 12, 2007

MICHAEL ROGER YATES, 25, of Kitsap County, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to seventeen (17) years in prison and five (5) years of supervised release for Armed Bank Robbery and related Firearms offenses. YATES robbed two Kitsap County banks two times each.

According to documents filed in the case, YATES admitted he robbed the East Bremerton Branch of Kitsap Bank on May 30, 2006, and on June 22, 2006. YATES robbed the Mile Hill Drive Branch of Washington Mutual on June 23, 2006, and on June 30, 2006. YATES entered the banks with a ski mask and gun ordering the tellers to fill a pillowcase with money. In three of the robberies, YATES worked with Jeffrey Busby. Busby provided YATES with the gun, but remained in his car during the robbery. YATES and Busby left the scene in different cars and would meet up later and split the cash taken in the robbery. In July 2007, Busby was sentenced in Clark County Superior Court to just over 20 years in prison for the robberies and a home invasion robbery in the Vancouver, Washington area. YATES and Busby will have to pay just over $81,000 in restitution to the banks.

At the time of the robberies, YATES was on Department of Corrections supervision pursuant to a 2002 Mason County conviction for another bank robbery.

YATES pleaded guilty on January 10, 2007.

At sentencing, prosecutors quoted from victim impact statements from the bank tellers who were terrified by YATES when he entered the banks in a ski mask, carrying a gun. Some of the victims said they never would feel truly safe and secure again.

The case was investigated by the FBI an was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory A. Gruber.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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