Federal prison escapee sentenced in 2016 Vegas bank robbery

August 23, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Nevada say a 68-year-old Arizona federal prison escapee was sentenced to more than 10 years behind bars for robbing a Las Vegas bank in 2016.

Interim U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson says Richard Lee Canterbury was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson in Las Vegas after being found guilty in February of bank robbery.

Defense attorney Lance Maningo says the judge called it sad to sentence Canterbury to what could be the rest of his life in prison.

Prosecutors say Canterbury passed a threatening note to a bank teller and made off with about $1,900, but was found due to a tracking device in the cash.

Canterbury was serving nearly four years for weapon possession when he left a halfway house in Florence, Arizona, in January 2016.

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