Ex-Minnesota SWAT officer gets eight years for bank robbery.

A former Minneapolis SWAT team member has been sentenced to…

A former Minneapolis SWAT team member has been sentenced to eight years in prison for robbing a bank at gunpoint earlier this year.

Twenty-nine-year-old Timothy Carson pleaded guilty to two counts stemming from the Jan. 6 armed robbery of the Wells Fargo bank in Apple Valley. He faced a mandatory minimum of seven years in prison.

A prosecutor had asked the judge to sentence Carson to about a decade, saying Carson had traumatized his victims. Carson’s attorney had maintained Carson was stressed out by financial worries and a sick daughter.

Carson also allegedly carried out 12 robberies or attempted robberies in Minneapolis and its suburbs in the three weeks leading up to the bank robbery. Charges in those cases are pending in state court.

Source: AP News via Law Officer.

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  • Eric

    Correction: for those interested, David Ayer was the writer for TRAINING DAY (2001) and the director for STREET KINGS (2007). James Elroy was the author of the original script for STREET KINGS, and he is author of numerous crime novels, such as L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, which 1990’s film is based on, which explores the good and bad of both cops and criminals. However, be warned, NONE of these films is for those who want “clear-cut” answers, as they are part of the “Film Noir” genre, so, by definition, everyone is a little tainted.

  • Eric

    The “money” and “stress” defenses are interesting. As an exploration through “art” (i.e., scenarios on film), consider TRAINING DAY (especially, the commenatry with the director)and STREET KINGS (by the same writer, David Ayer). Although in reality they are simply street-action genre films, they do, in their small way, help illuminate motivations of the “rough men [and women] who stand ready to do violence on our behalf” and the temptations they face. When STREET KINGS was released, the film’s website had a sub-page with the title, “Real Life Street Kings,” which listed numerous corruption cases and criminal wrongdoings of LEOs who forgot, in the words of crime writer James Elroy (the original script writer for the film),”Why they became cops in the first place?” Again, they forgot their badge was a symbol of public trust and became seduced by vice…