Homeless Man Given Probation, For Attempted Robbery of Beatrice Bank

BEATRICE – Calling it “an offense of desperation…not criminal intent”, a Gage County District Judge has sentenced a man to probation for the attempted robbery of Great Western Bank last October, in Beatrice.

Terry Bailes will serve a 36-month probation sentence, initially in county jail.  But he will be allowed to serve the probation in the State of Missouri, where a woman has come forward to help provide a support system for him.

Judge Rick Schreiner said it was a “gross understatement” to say the sentence is unusual.  He told Bailes that usually, a person convicted in a bank robbery goes to prison.

:39                  “a bad one”

Bailes, who was homeless, walked in to a Great Western Bank branch, demanded and was given a small amount of money, and left on foot.  He was unarmed. He was captured a short distance away by Beatrice Police, without resistance.

Bailes initially asked to be sent to prison, because he knew he could receive needed medical care.  A plea agreement recommended a prison term of at least five years.

:35                  “the workforce”

Because the probation sentence cannot be transferred from Nebraska to Missouri for at least 45 days, the judge ordered a 60-day Gage County Jail stay for Bailes, or until that transfer can be completed.

:15                  “that situation”

Bailes must complete a mental health evaluation, obtain his G-E-D and abide by any electronic monitoring that may be ordered.

He was ordered to pay court costs of $148, by August 31st…be employed or attending school.  The judge warned Bailes not to get in a position where he’s desperate again.  The judge said the support system in Missouri should help him avoid that.  The woman providing that support attended Bailes’ sentencing hearing.

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