The Ginglen brothers grew up knowing they should always do the right thing, a lesson their ex-Marine father taught them. So when they discovered that same father had been robbing Illinois banks, the three sons turned him in. Now William Alfred “Al” Ginglen, a 64-year-old grandfather of seven, could spend the rest of his life in prison. He pleaded guilty in July to seven counts of armed bank robbery; sentencing is Thursday.
His sons say they have no regrets, reports the Associated Press. “He turned to crime, and we had an opportunity to stop it,” said Clay Ginglen, 36, a music teacher in his hometown of about 2,600 people. “He could have easily hurt anyone.” Ginglen’s double life — which authorities allege included a girlfriend, cocaine and prostitutes — started to unravel in August 2004, when one of his sons, Peoria police Officer Jared Ginglen, looked at surveillance videos posted on a law enforcement Web site and recognized his dad.