One of two men who recruited teenagers to rob a series of banks in South Sound was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison.
Vincent Thompson, 31, pleaded guilty in January to two counts of bank robbery. His co-defendant, 31-year-old Robert Adams, already has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
“This was quite literally a tragedy waiting to happen ... for an adult to encourage juveniles to engage in serious criminal actions — simply because the adult wanted to be ‘paid’ without working — is deserving of a significant period of incarceration,” federal prosecutors wrote to the court when they asked for the seven-year sentence.
Thompson also must serve three years of supervised release after he completes his time in prison.
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He was involved in eight bank robberies where he and Adams trained two 15-year-old boys to give tellers threatening notes and demand cash.
Thompson also robbed a Chase Bank branch on Canyon Road East in Puyallup on April 14, 2014.
The other banks were in Tacoma, Federal Way, Kent, Des Moines and Renton.