A"burnt-out" Chilliwack man with a long history of crime is headed back to prison after pleading guilty to robbing a bank.
James Turnbull was sentenced to five years in prison last Wednesday for robbing Prospera Credit Union on Nov. 18, 2011.
A large man, Turnbull had already been designated as a prolific offender by Chilliwack RCMP prior to the robbery.
Turnbull entered the credit union wearing a hooded parka, but complied when he was asked to remove the hood, thereby exposing his distinctive full-skull tattoo, the court heard during a sentencing hearing in May.
When he reached the teller, he passed a note that read: "I want $15,000 in 50s and 100s. Do not put a dye pack in or hell to pay. Think of your customers. .. someone is outside with a scanner. Do your job, no [one] will get hurt."
Turnbull left with just $400.
Mounties quickly identified a suspect and arrested Turnbull at his girlfriend's home.
Crown counsel Brian Fell had asked for a five-to-seven-year prison term. He cited a pre-sentence report that he said "shows someone who is entrenched into criminality at an early age and has never taken any steps to rehabilitate himself."
Turnbull's lawyer, Suzanne Paterson, asked for just house arrest for the crime. She took issue with the report and called her client to the stand.
There, Turnbull, said he was "burnt out" and done with crime.
"Now it's time for me to get up, man up and go back to being normal," he said.
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