- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Billings man who said he robbed a bank because he was behind on his car payments has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1rGABsB ) 43-year-old Robert Bruce Scollard was sentenced Tuesday by District Judge Russell Fagg to 15 years in prison with five suspended. The judge ordered Scollard to pay $1,300 in restitution and declared him a persistent felony offender.

Scollard pleaded guilty in July for the March 7 robbery of an American Federal Savings Bank branch in Billings.

He has been jailed since his arrest a short time after the robbery.

Prosecutors say Scollard’s criminal record includes convictions for arson, forgery, theft in 2001 and the attempted robbery of a Billings casino in 2012.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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