A 77 year-old Nevada man with a criminal history dating back in time to 1964, wanted to get off the Reno streets. Tommy Ray McAdoo, homeless, cold, scared, afflicted with heart and kidney disease, went into a Reno bank with a steak knife and attempted to rob the bank. But then, he didn’t just attempt to rob the bank, he did.
McAdoo left the bank with $2,700 cash in a paper bag. He was found by authorities at a nearby casino eating a hot meal. When McAdoo was asked what he was doing, he replied, “I used to rob banks.”
McAdoo was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones who determined that the use of a dangerous weapon during the robbery was evidence that McAdoo remained a threat to the public. U.S. public defender Lauren Gorman requested a five-year sentence on the basis of McAdoo’s heart and kidney disease and the likelihood of him dying while incarcerated. “As he stands here today, he could go at any minute,” said Gorman.
Jones commented: “He has shown a willingness to commit a violent crime in order to obtain a benefit, including government housing,” “All I can say is I’m sorry. Patsy Cline had a song, ‘I’m So Sorry.’ And that’s what I am now.”
McAdoo was living on $880 monthly from Social Security and eventually became homeless. As a result, he wanted to return to a world with which he’s familiar. Of course, who would expect a federal judge to grant him his wish?
Gorman said: “He instinctively did what he knew would land him back there — he robbed another bank. In some respects, it’s understandable that someone who has been so profoundly institutionalized his entire life would have responded that way.”
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