Bank Robber Gets Life Sentence

Bank Robber Gets Life Sentence

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Portland man convicted of robbing an Ogden bank in 2000 will spend the rest of his life in federal prison.

Todd Harold Cooper, 40, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to life in prison, with a seven year additional sentence enhancement for brandishing a firearm.

Cooper was convicted after a four-day jury trial in October of taking about $32,000 during a July 17, 2000 robbery.

Cooper has other burglary, robbery and armed bank robbery convictions.

According to officials, Cooper wore a rubber mask into the bank, pulled out a revolver and forced bank customers to the floor. He demanded money from three tellers, who included $20 bills that can be traced back to a specific bank.

When Cooper was pulled over for drunk driving hours later, he had all the bait bills and almost the entire stolen sum in the car.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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