Excuses to remember: Stress caused me to rob banks

July 29, 2009

As someone who got into a lot of trouble as a youth, I am well versed in the ability to make and create excuses.  I wanted to call him a dumb negro, but I can’t.  HIS EXCUSE WORKED!

Detroit man who says stress led him to rob banks sentenced


A Detroit man who began robbing banks to fix his mother’s plumbing has been sentenced to just two years in prison, a significant break.

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman says Jimmie Lee Fortune was an “outstanding citizen” before he turned to robbery last year.

The 29-year-old Fortune pleaded guilty in March to stealing nearly $14,000 from five banks in suburban Detroit. Prosecutors agreed not to charge him with three more.

Fortune’s sentencing range was approximately five years to six years in prison. But the guidelines are not mandatory, and the judge settled on two years today.

Fortune says he robbed the first bank to fix his mother’s plumbing and get his driver’s license reinstated. He says he continued robbing banks because he was “stressed.”

The high price of fashion really stresses me out...

The high price of fashion really stresses me out...

Stress causes a lot of things.  Some people eat more when they are stressed, or turn to a cigarette.  Turning to robbing banks is a new one on me.  I understand robbing to get some loot to pay for things.  It is even uplifting to see someone stole for their mother.  But you robbed eight (8) banks!  While we at the blog say Dont do drugs, you should maybe think about smoking some weed to calm your nerves.  That will get you a lot less time than 2 years if you get caught.

Leave the bank robbing to the professionals

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