KINGMAN - A Kingman man will serve three years in prison for robbing a local bank.
Kenneth E. Wallace, 45, of Kingman was sentenced to three years in prison for robbing the Compass Bank in Kingman on Aug. 18. He accepted a plea agreement in October from the County Attorney's Office.
"Mr. Wallace is a product of the system," said Jason Ricke, Wallace's attorney. "It's not that the system has forced him to make these choices, but that his requests for help have fallen on deaf ears." It was because of a lack of support or help from the system for his mental health issues that Wallace finds himself over and over again in similar situations, Ricke said.
"This is probably not the worst robbery in Kingman," he said. There was no violence associated with it. Wallace handed a teller a note stating he had a gun and demanding $1,500. He fled the bank with $1,100 and was found waiting for a bus to Las Vegas. Most of the money was recovered by the Kingman Police Department after the robbery.
"I do not want to make excuses for my actions," Wallace said, referring to his mental health problems. He explained that he took several medications for schizophrenia and depression, but he stopped taking the medications before the robbery because he could no longer afford them.
He snapped and attempted suicide a couple of times before robbing the bank, he said. He apologized to the bank employees and anyone else he might have hurt or frightened during the robbery.
Judge Steven Conn sentenced Wallace to an aggravated sentence of three years in prison with credit for 108 days served. A restitution hearing has been set for 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 15.