Repeat Bank Robber Admits Guilt
COEUR D’ALENE - Ricky Allen Fisher, 35, most recently of Orlando, Florida, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Fisher pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge in Coeur d’Alene.
In 2007, Fisher was sentenced to 77 months in prison for bank robbery. In his plea, Fisher admitted that after his release from federal prison on May 6, 2014, he took a bus to Boise, Idaho. He arrived on May 9, 2014, and was taken to Ontario, Oregon, where he robbed a Chase Bank of $1,600. Five days later he entered U.S. Bank in Ontario, Oregon, demanded cash and left with $1,334. On May 16, 2014, Fisher robbed the U.S. Bank in Cottonwood, Idaho, and took $2,324. Fisher was driven to each bank by Jennifer Balfe, 19, who previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced on November 20, 2014,to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
Fisher will be sentenced on March 3, 2015, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Bank Robbery is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, three years supervised release and up to a $250,000 fine. Fisher has also been ordered to pay restitution to each of the banks.
The case was investigated by the Cottonwood Police Department, Lewiston Police Department, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).