Michigan Bank Robber Gets A Break

A Michigan bank robber gets a break from prosecutors.

61-year-old Lawrence Lawson walked into a Pontiac Bank in Troy last summer with a loaded handgun demanding thousands of dollars.

Before he left, he pretended to faint.

Lawson had just lost his job as an automotive designer and says he wanted to go to jail, so he would have food and shelter.

David Gorcyca, Oakland County prosecutor said, "He said he didn't want a police chase, he didn't want guns drawn, that's why he feigned illness and wanted to get caught."

Larry Lawson, bank robber said, “Those actions were totally out of character and guided by anxiety and a thought process. I've learned that incarceration should never be seen as an acceptable way of avoiding life's difficulties."

This week, prosecutors dropped the weapons charge.

Lawson was able to plead guilty to bank robbery and sentenced to time served about 9-months in jail.

The judge also asked the public to help Lawson find a job in the automotive industry.

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