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Convict claims he robbed theater to pay restitution

Convict claims he robbed theater to pay restitution

Posted - Sep. 8, 2010 at 7:59 a.m.



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DRAPER -- A convicted robber claims he held up a Layton movie theater at gunpoint 14 years ago so he could pay restitution for another heist.

Phillip Hollen, 48, currently is serving six sentences of five years to life at the Utah State Prison. The Standard-Examiner reports he offered the restitution explanation during a parole hearing Tuesday.

Hollen was convicted of first-degree felony aggravated robbery in 1988. He was released from prison in May 1994, put on parole and ordered to pay $75 a month restitution.

Tuesday he said his parole agent angered him by wanting him to pay more restitution. "So I thought, 'You want your restitution money, I'll get it for you,' " he said.

Hollen robbed the Movies 10 theater in Layton on June 25, 1995. Three months later, he and another man were involved in a shootout with police at the Million Dollar Saloon in South Salt Lake and sent to prison.

If the hearing officer decides against Hollen's plea for parole, his next parole hearing will be in 2015.

Hollen has no expectation of what the parole board will decide. He says what he wants and what he needs are two different things.

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