Sentencing is planned for December 8th for the Juneau man who attempted to rob a bank and then promptly gave up.
66-year old Kenneth Montoya pled guilty on Wednesday to a single count of robbery in the second degree. He was originally charged with theft and robbery in the first degree.
Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg carefully and methodically explained to Montoya the rights he’d be giving up by changing his plea.
Defense attorney David Seid says his client is legally competent, but he intends to explain at the sentencing hearing how “mental health issues influenced his conduct.”
Montoya was arrested minutes after he allegedly used a toy or fake gun to rob a teller at First National Bank on Front Street minutes after it opened for business on May 31st. He allegedly asked bank employees to call police during the robbery.
During a court hearing following his arrest, Montoya repeatedly maintained that he did not need or want a lawyer.
The maximum sentence for robbery is ten-years in prison with a $100,000 fine. But Montoya will likely be ordered to served one- to three-years in prison and will spend fifteen-years on probation.
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