Believe it or not, people are still robbing banks in North Carolina. One former state trooper from South Carolina was sentenced to an eight-year prison sentence for his role in the armed robbery of Macon Bank on Feb. 8, 2012, according to local news reports. Authorities say the man was charged with a variety of federal crimes in connection with the theft, including weapons offenses, such as armed bank robbery and using a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.
The man appeared to have suffered an emotional breakdown shortly before the robbery, and his defense team was even considering an insanity defense. A judge in the case struck down that option, however, after the man was evaluated by a court psychiatrist. The man had been involved in a domestic violence incident just one month before the bank robbery; his wife was able to escape, but he holed himself up in his home with a firearm in that instance. It is not clear whether he was ever charged or convicted for that incident, which may have sparked his ongoing emotional trouble.