A Monticello man has been sentenced to prison for robbing a bank last year.
Federal prosecutors say 46-year-old Joseph Kripner was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to five years in federal prison. He had pleaded guilty in August to one count of bank robbery.
Authorities say he robbed the Security State Bank in Springville on his birthday, June 1st, getting away with nearly $4,000 after showing his handgun to a teller. Kripner’s distinctive tattoos helped authorities zero in on him as the robber after a tipster helped identify the robber’s getaway car.
Kripner was arrested two weeks later in Colorado. He was found near the same car he used in the bank robbery, along with nearly 600 dollars in cash, marijuana, live ammunition and the pellet gun used in the robbery.
In addition to his five year prison sentence, Kripner must also pay back the money stolen from the bank.
He is being held in U.S. Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.