Robber of Juneau bank gets 46-month sentence plus payment of restitution

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2001

A Juneau man who robbed the downtown branch of Alaska Pacific Bank last April was sentenced to nearly four years in prison last week.

James Louis Gregory Shales, 21, pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the robbery and was sentenced to 46 months in prison in Anchorage federal court Thursday, according to court documents. In addition, Shales was sentenced to 36 months of supervised release and was ordered to pay $200 restitution to the bank.

Shales held up the bank, located at 301 N. Franklin St., during the noon hour on April 24, taking about $1,850 in cash. He indicated he had a handgun during the robbery but no witnesses saw a weapon, investigators said at the time. No one was hurt in the incident. Shales was apprehended in downtown Juneau two days later.

In related proceedings in Juneau Superior Court on Friday, Shales' probation from an earlier forgery conviction was revoked. Judge Larry Weeks revoked the probation due to several violations of probation conditions, including the bank robbery.

Weeks sentenced Shales to three years in prison and three years of probation, with all of the jail time suspended pending successful completion of probation. The probation period will begin once Shales completes his prison sentence for the bank robbery conviction.

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