Douglas ATM Thieves Sentenced to 14 Months Imprisonment; Idaho Prosecution is Next
Two men who stole $74,000 from an automatic teller machine in Douglas have been sentenced to 14 months behind bars.
U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl on Friday also ordered Matthew Taber Annable to submit financial disclosure statements, obtain cognitive behavior treatment, and pay $113,000 in restitution.
That doesn't seem like much, or as federal prosecutor David Kubichek put it, seems "a little bizarre" because of the amount.
But it's mild compared to what Annable and Nathan Paul Davenport face in Idaho when they're prosecuted for knocking off two ATMs in that state where they allegedly shot at law enforcement authorities. If convicted of the use of a gun during the crime, they face at least 10 years in prison.
Wyoming was first in line for prosecuting the defendants who also allegedly stole more than $500,000 from ATMs in Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Colorado, Utah, and other states.
Davenport and Annable, formerly of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, pleaded guilty in May to one count of ATM theft aiding and abetting, and one count of taking more than $5,000 in stolen cash across state lines. The second count for both was dismissed at their sentencings.
Davenport was sentenced on July 22.
During his guilty plea in May, Annable said his job was to drive Davenport from Casper to Douglas where Davenport cutting the mounting bolts of the ATM at the Converse County Bank, placed a chain around it, and pulled it from its base with a stolen pickup truck, and took the cash from the damaged machine, according to news reports. That heist netted them $74,020, according to court records.
Friday, Annable's attorney federal public defender David Weiss asked Skavdahl to show leniency and sentence his client to 10 months instead of the maximum 16 in the range suggested in the plea arrangement.
Annable has lived an honorable and decent life, but his poverty made him susceptible to Davenport's offer of easy money, Weiss said. All he had to do was pick him up, drop him off at a location, and pick him up again after he had a lot of cash, he said.
His client didn't know the risk, and didn't know that a gun would be involved in Idaho, Weiss said. "Taber Annable's involvement was small."
Annable declined to comment to the court.
Skavdahl didn't buy Weiss' argument.
Annable's role as driver was a necessary and critical component to the crime, the judge said. "I don't see any meaningful distinction between he and Mr. Davenport."