Man Robbed a Bank for an Unexpected Reason

August 01, 2017Aug 01, 2017

Usually, you’d think people rob banks because they want money, but this man had a different reason. A homeless man from Nevada says he robbed a bank because he wanted to go to jail reports Fox News.


Seventy-eight-year-old Tommy Ray McAdoo robbed a bank in downtown Reno in Fall 2016, “holding a steak knife and demanded money, writing his demand on the back of a casino sports betting sheet.” He made off with $2,000.

Initially, McAdoo’s public defender entered a “not guilty” plea shortly after the crime was committed. However, McAdoo now pleads guilty to bank robbery with the use of a “deadly” weapon.

He will be sentenced in federal court on Tuesday in Reno, NV. If convicted, he will face up to 25 years in prison, which might be just what McAdoo wants.

"In large part, Mr. McAdoo simply wanted to get out of the cold and return to prison," said his lawyer.

The public defender is asking for leniency because of his unconventional motives. They’re asking for a sentence of fewer than five years.

“Mr. McAdoo's crime was committed by a gravely ill, homeless man, who, after staying out of the system for eight years, impulsively decided he needed to do something to go back to prison.”

McAdoo has a long history of criminal activity. He’s been convicted of at least five different robbery charges since 1964.

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