- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - A man who told Bellingham police he robbed a bank and waited to be arrested because he wanted a place to stay has been given a three-month sentence.

The Bellingham Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1Cel9rL) 64-year-old Richard K. Gorton was sentenced last week with the agreement he would be released to a housing facility for homeless people with behavioral health issues. If unsuccessful in his search for a new place, he will serve an additional 90 days in jail.

Gorton handed a bank teller a robbery note last October and then waited outside for police. He said he was being evicted and needed a place to stay.

Gorton’s lawyer said he had been living at a subsidized apartment and was being evicted because he did not pay his $212 rent for October.


Information from: The Bellingham Herald, https://www.bellinghamherald.com

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