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Published September 06, 2011, 04:41 PM

Man Gets Life Sentence For Gilby, ND, Bank Robbery

GILBY, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A Grand Forks man convicted of robbing the Bremer Bank in Gilby, ND, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for aiding and abetting the use and carrying of a firearm during a crime of violence.

By: WDAZ Staff Report,

GILBY, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A Grand Forks man convicted of robbing the Bremer Bank in Gilby, ND, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for aiding and abetting the use and carrying of a firearm during a crime of violence.

Clifton Patterson had pleaded guilty to the bank robbery and was found guilty by a 12-person jury on August 11 after a three day trial.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon sentenced Patterson to 20 years for the robbery, and 21 years and 10 months for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Patterson will serve those sentences and the life sentence concurrently.

He also has to pay $89,755 in restitution.

On May 26, 2009, Patterson robbed the bank in Gilby at gunpoint along with William Randall Collins. Patterson pulled a black handgun and ordered the teller to "get down on the ground, get down on your stomach," according to a release from Purdon's office.

Patterson mistakenly left the handgun at the bank. It turned out to be a CO2 pistol, but Collins pulled out a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun during the robbery.

Patterson filled a plastic trash bag with cash from the vault and teller drawer. He also pulled a telephone and cable from the wall and told the teller to place her hands behind her back and not to look up.

Collins was earlier sentenced to 319 months in prison.

The case was investigated by the FBI, Grand Forks Sheriff's Department, ND Highway Patrol and the Grand Forks Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Reisenauer prosecuted the case.

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