“Stupid” And “Stupider” Bank Robbers Avoid Prison


Two suburban Chicago brothers who robbed a bank of nearly $50,000 will serve minimal time in McHenry County Jail and receive 3 years’ probation. The Chicago Tribune says prosecutors expressed anger at the penalties for Adam Cohn, 18, and Joshua Cohn, 21, saying they downplayed the seriousness of the crime and tried to cover it up by paying off friends who knew about the robbery with stolen money. “This is a criminal offense, and I have to highlight the fact that they describe it simply as a horrible day, unexplainable events,” said prosecutor Donna Jo Maki, who asked for 10-year prison sentences. “This crime was not spur-of-the-moment, a childhood lark.”

Judge Ward Arnold, who described the men as “stupid” and “stupider,” sentenced Adam Cohn to 180 days and Joshua Cohn to 120 days in jail. The brothers pleaded guilty. Adam Cohn handed a teller a note and implied he had a weapon; he walked out with $47,340 and got in a car driven by his brother.

Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0408120311aug12,1,872372.story?coll=chi-news-hed

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