73-Year-Old Sentenced to 97 Months for Robbing 2 Michigan Banks

July 6, 2016

A criminal career spanning all the way back to the 1960s will send 73-year-old Simon Gutierrez back to prison. Gutierrez was sentenced to 97 months on June 9 for the robbery of two Kalamazoo banks over the course of two years. Coincidentally, the banks were next door to each other.Finger pressing keys on alarm keypad

The Detroit Free Press reports that Gutierrez will be under court supervision for five years after being released and also must pay restitution. This is largely because he was convicted of bank robberies in Colorado and Illinois in the 1980s. Gutierrez has already spent more than 40 years in the United States prison system.

On July 10, 2015, Gutierrez disguised himself as a delivery man and robbed Consumers Credit Union. He completed the robbery using two guns stored inside a Jimmy John’s box.

Just two years earlier, on January 25, 2013, he robbed the Fifth Third Bank branch next door, just a year after being released from prison. With more than 5,338 commercial banks located throughout the United States, Gutierrez caused quite a stir.

Since 1980, Gutierrez had been arrested for a slew of robberies. In April 1980, he stole an estimated $26,000 from First National Bank in Colorado. Just one month later, he robbed an Illinois bank of $4,600. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison, and the prosecutor declared him a “cunning and dangerous man who should not be given consideration for early release.”

In his defense for his most recent crimes, his attorney said, “Anyone who has spent that much time in prison will not come out right or normal.”

“Hopefully Mr. Gutierrez’s career in bank robbery and violence is now at an end,” said U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles. “The Court’s sentence is a message to younger citizens not to follow the path he has trodden; the consequence of not heeding that message is spending the better part of life locked up.”

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