Homeless Anchorage robber has prison wish granted

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A homeless man who held up an Anchorage bank to get thrown in jail had his wish granted.

Forty-one-year-old Timmy Lee Porter was sentenced last week to a year in prison and transferred Tuesday to federal custody.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Porter sat on a couch in the lobby of the First National Bank Alaska branch and waited for police after the holdup last October in which he took a single $100 bill.

Porter confessed immediately, telling police he robbed the bank because he couldn't find a place to sleep and had no means to leave Alaska.

Prosecutors reduced the charge to misdemeanor bank larceny to save taxpayers the cost of keeping Porter in prison for three years or more for felony bank robbery.

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