Scott sentenced to 20 years in prison for bank robbery

A 44 year old Scottsbluff man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for robbing the Scottsbluff Valley Bank location just before Thanksgiving last year.

District Judge Randy Lippstreu also gave Michael Scott a year in prison for his guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine in July. Lippstreu indicated when you add Scott 314 days credit for time served in jail and a 12 to 18 month prison sentence for assaulting an inmate while in jail, Scott will be eligible for parole in 10 years and 6 months.

Scott told the court he was "ashamed of his actions" and "regretted his decision to go the bank that day." Scott said when he robbed the bank he was on drugs, was still grieving over the loss of a friend in August and was trying to give his friend's girlfriend and her family "everything he had". Scott maintained he was "not beyond redemption" and wanted to come back to Scottsbluff and help raise his four children.

Judge Lippstreu said Scott had a lengthy criminal record and was fortunate no one got hurt during the robbery. Public Defender Bernie Straetker said Scott had given some of the stolen money to others and "kept the money in the community".

As part of the plea agreement, Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner had indicated he would recommend no more than 20 years in prison because Scott did not use a weapon during the robbery. During sentencing, however, Warner asked the judge for a sentence on the "upward end of 20 years".

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