Utah man sentenced to federal prison for bank robbery spree

Mar 13, 2013 The Associated Press

POWELL -- A Utah man who pleaded guilty to holding up banks in four states has been sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl of Casper sentenced 32-year-old Joshua Beckstead Thursday.

The judge also ordered Beckstead to pay back the more than $14,000 he stole from the banks in Cody and Cheyenne as well as Montana, Oklahoma and Utah.

The robberies happened last May and June.

Beckstead was in jail in Utah for passing forged checks when a judge allowed him out on May 8 to go to the dentist.

He never showed up or returned to jail. He started the robbery spree the following week by holding up a credit union in Ogden, Utah. He was arrested in Bismarck, N.D.

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