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April 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM

After brief freedom, robber heading back to familiar place

A bank robber who served 14 years in prison for holdups in 1997 is going back to federal prison for a holdup at a Tacoma bank in March 2010.

Robert Revels got an 18-year sentence this time, after enjoying just five months of freedom, according to court records.

Court record indicate a masked man entered a branch of U.S. Bank in Tacoma bank on March 10, 2010, brandished a handgun and threatened employees and customers, including a child. The robber also kicked a prone security guard.

The bandit made off with $8,000 and a hidden tracking device, which led FBI agents to Revels. They recovered a bag of money in his waistband and, acting on tips, clothing that matched that worn by the robber, including a face mask with Revel’s DNA.

Still, during a trial before U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle, Revell claimed that others had robbed the bank and that he only picked up money they had dropped. Settle convicted him of aiding and abetting a bank robbery, and sentenced him to 18 years.

Prosecutors had asked for a 20 -year sentence, saying Revels was an armed career criminal  who had been convicted in 1987 for beating a 58-year-old janitor with a tire iron.  In 1992, and 1995 he served jail terms for beating two women in domestic violence incidents.  In 1996, he tried to ram police cars while trying to escape law enforcement. And In 1997, Revels committed two armed takeover bank robberies and was in prison until November 2009.

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