Bank robber gets 6 to 20 years in prison

Convicted bank robber Steven J. Simmons, 27, today was sentenced to up to 20 years in Nevada State Prison for the Nov. 22, 2005, raid on the Minden Bank of America.

Simmons was convicted of taking nearly $5,000 after pointing a gun at the head of a teller in the bank. He was caught within hours of the robbery.

"I'm sorry for any pain or suffering you may have experienced from all of this," was all Simmons had to say before his sentencing. He never admitted to the robbery.

The former Mammoth Lakes resident must complete at least six years in prison because he used a fire-arm in the robbery. He was also sentenced to 18 months to four years in prison for possession of a firearm with the serial number changed, altered or obliterated. He will serve that sentence while he is in prison for the robbery.

Former bank teller Donna Kruger testified at the sentencing, saying she forgave him for holding a gun to her head and hoped he would learn from his time in prison.

Simmons' father testified on his behalf.


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