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Bank robber gets 151 months for heists

A Bloomfield, N.M., man who pleaded guilty to robbing eight banks in 2008, including the First Southwest Bank in Pagosa Springs, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque on Tuesday, May 24.

Kacey Allen Fisher, 34, of Bloomfield, N.M., was sentenced by a U.S. District Judge to 151-months (over 12 and a half years) in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

Fisher was also ordered to pay restitution to the banks victimized in the crime spree.

The sentencing followed a Jan. 11, 2011, guilty plea by Fisher in which he admitted he robbed eight banks between Feb. 25 and April 3, 2008, including three banks in New Mexico, three banks in Arizona and two banks in Colorado.

Pagosa’s First Southwest Bank was one of the eight businesses involved, hit early in the afternoon of April 1, 2008, by Fisher, who was reportedly armed. Fisher robbed the bank of an estimated $2,000 ($20, $50 and $100 bills), local authorities said at the time.

No one was injured during the robbery.

A Bank of the San Juans branch in Durango was robbed on March 26 of the same year, and three Farmington banks — Four Corners Community Bank (twice) and Animas Credit Union — were hit during the crime spree, as well as the three Arizona banks.

Estimated amounts stolen from the other seven banks were not released by law enforcement sources.

Law enforcement officials apprehended Fisher on April 4 in New Mexico, the same day he and his co-defendant, Julia Norris, 33, of Farmington, were indicted on three counts of bank robbery in New Mexico.

On May 8, 2008, the pair were indicted on two more counts of robbery and two counts of using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence in Colorado.

On July 28 of the same year, the duo was indicted on three counts of bank robbery in Arizona.

Fisher then agreed to have all pending charges from Colorado and Arizona transferred to New Mexico in order to resolve all three cases at the same time.

In his plea, Fisher admitted that he entered the banks and took money from bank employees while Norris waited outside, reportedly serving as driver of the getaway car.

The case was investigated by the FBI, with the help of local, county and state authorities from New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly A. Brawley prosecuted the case.

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