A man who was caught by police with the money moments after a bank robbery in Litchfield over the summer was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for the crime in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Gregory C. Stickel, 71, of Victoria, TX, had pled guilty to felony aggravated robbery on Sept. 30.
At his sentencing hearing, Montgomery County State's Attorney Bryant Hitchings argued for ten years in prison while Public Defender Erin Mattson argued for probation. With a possible sentencing range of 4-15 years in prison, Judge Doug Jarman issued his ruling after balancing factors such as the harm caused by the offense, the seriousness of the offense, and Stickel's complete lack of criminal history, according to Hitchings.
Upon release from prison, Stickel will also have to serve a two-year period of mandatory supervised release.
At about 9 a.m. on July 10, a Litchfield police officer saw Stickel carrying a bag of money just after he left the Litchfield National Bank Route 66 Banking Center on West Union Avenue. Officer Brian Maxwell earned a Merit Award for Excellent Arrest for his work on the case.