Tuesday, December 24, 2013/lk
A Hood River man has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree attempted robbery following a heist at the U.S. Bank branch on the Heights in September.
Timothy Bryan Glenn, 28, appeared in person before Judge Paul Crowley in Hood River County District Court Friday morning to answer for multiple charges stemming from the Sept. 12 robbery that led local law enforcement on a citywide manhunt and caused multiple school lockdowns.
According to Hood River County District Attorney John Sewell, who prosecuted the case, Glenn entered the bank the morning of Sept. 12 disguised in a wig and a fake beard and presented a note to teller Jessica Wendt, informing her he had a gun and wanted money.
Sewell said Glenn made off with $892 in cash and fled down Indian Creek Trail before making his way through downtown Hood River and returning to his apartment behind Subway on N. 20th Street. He said a witness statement as well as “a video from the Walmart store that showed Mr. Glenn purchasing the wig in question led to his identification and ultimate apprehension” on Sept. 16. Sewell added that over $200 in cash was also found at Glenn’s residence.
Though Sewell said it was believed Glenn was only in possession of a “fake gun,” which he never displayed, the district attorney noted his actions had caused psychological damage to Wendt. Though she did not testify, Wendt filled out a victim impact statement after the incident, which Sewell read on her behalf.
“’I have not been able to return to work,’” Sewell read. “’My anxiety level is so bad that I don’t feel safe to go anywhere alone. My world has become very small. I really have not left my home in several days. Nightmares have also kept me awake at night. My husband is not working now; he has had to take me everywhere we go.’
“She also added, ‘People should think about how their actions can affect other people.’” Sewell continued. “‘To threaten someone may seem funny to some, but it can be terrifying for the person being threatened.’ She concludes, ‘I don’t want his whole life to be ruined for a stupid act, but he needs to realize that there are consequences to the decisions we make.’”
Sewell added that he had heard from multiple parents that the subsequent lock-in at May Street Elementary, which is only a few blocks away from U.S. Bank, “was upsetting to a number of children at the school. That’s the kind of fallout that occurs when something like this happens.”
Glenn’s attorney Steven Houze agreed that Glenn’s actions were “thoughtless” and caused a “significant, traumatic impact on a number of individuals,” but also added that Glenn came from “a fine family in Virginia,” was “raised a good person,” and “has several years of college under his belt, making this conduct all the more hard to understand.”
“There’s no excuse he wishes to offer for what he did, but the truth of the matter is that he had been without employment for a period of time and was consuming marijuana on a regular, frankly, daily basis and was not thinking clearly when he engaged in this thoughtless behavior in that circumstance,” Houze explained.
Glenn, who was dressed in chains and a black-and-white prison jumpsuit, did not seem particularly emotional during the proceedings, but said he was remorseful toward his victims.
“First of all, I want to just apologize to pretty much everybody, especially the teller, most of all,” Glenn told the court. “As you were saying, I was thinking of consequences, but only my consequences of what would happen to me. I hadn’t thought about, you know, as far as the teller or the kids at the school, so I just want to apologize for that. I hope nothing but the best for the teller.”
Crowley called Wendt’s statement of compassion toward Glenn as “incredibly generous considering what you did to her.” He also told Glenn he was “fortunate” he received the plea deal that had been arranged, pleading guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree attempted robbery as opposed to the second-degree robbery, second-degree theft, and unlawful delivery of marijuana charges Glenn was originally facing.
Crowley spoke of the futility of Glenn’s actions, noting that for a theft of $892, Glenn would be sent to prison where he would make, on average, 81 cents a day through a prison work program.
“The end result is you jailed yourself and you jailed your victim, because now you are physically in jail and psychologically, she’s in jail,” he said.
In addition to the three years of jail time — with credit for the three months Glenn has served thus far — Crowley sentenced Glenn to three years of post-prison supervision and ordered him to pay a $200 fine, $892 in restitution to U.S. Bank for the stolen money, and $1329.56 to Wendt for lost wages after anxiety prevented her from returning to work.
Crowley added he was hopeful Glenn would move in a positive direction with his life after he serves his time.
“I truly hope that you don’t come out institutionalized,” Crowley said. “I hope that you come out as someone who made a really dumb mistake, paid the consequence, and grew up.”