- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 76-year-old homeless man accused of robbing a Reno bank with a steak knife entered a not guilty plea after an unusual exchange with his public defender.

Tommy Ray McAdoo has been in out of prison since 1964 so he knew the drill when he appeared at his arraignment Thursday in federal court across the street from the same bank.

But when U.S. Magistrate William Cobb asked for his plea, McAdoo turned to his lawyer and said, “Guilty or not guilty? It’s up to you.”

Public defender Chris Frey recommended not guilty, and McAdoo repeated, “Not guilty.”

FBI agents say they found McAdoo eating lunch at a nearby casino shortly after last week’s holdup and asked him what he did for a living. They say he answered: “I used to rob banks.”

His trial is set for Jan. 23.


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