TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –A 22-year-old Tuscaloosa man was sentenced last week to 41 years in prison for his role in armed robberies at three two local credit unions in 2011, and for escape from custody in December 2011.

Richard Patton, 22, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence, stemming from the February 1, 2011, hold-up of the Tuscaloosa County CU and the April 20, 2011, robbery of the Alabama Central CU.

The sentence also incorporated Patton’s earlier sentence for a third armed robbery, which occurred April 26, 2011, at the Tuscaloosa CU in Northport.

Patton was also charged with escaping from the Cullman County Detention Center on December 2, 2011, while incarcerated as a federal prisoner. Patton had previously pleaded guilty to the escape but had not been sentenced.


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