AUGUSTA — A Thomaston man pleaded guilty last week to robbing a Waterville bank Feb. 28 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but five years suspended and three years probation.

David R. Alvarez, 29, who formerly lived in Rockland, and Sidney, was arrested within hours of robbing Bangor Savings Bank at 366 Main St. after a police officer recognized the holdup suspect as a man he had stopped earlier in the day.

Part of the sentence imposed in Kennebec County Superior Court included an order to pay restitution of $140 for a teller’s jacket that Alvarez used to carry the money away. He told police it was a spur-of-the-moment decision to rob the bank, and he did not bring a bag in with him.

The robbery demand note, written on a piece of a torn bag Alvarez found in his pickup, said, “Don’t do shit or I remove pistal and short 10.000.” It briefly confused the bank teller, according to documents filed in court.

All the bank’s money was recovered, according to Alvarez’s attorney, Lisa Whittier.

Whittier said she told the judge that Alvarez “had taken full responsibility. He told the police officer he was very hard up for money.”

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney on Monday said she wanted to thank to Waterville police for their investigative work on the Alvarez case.

“It was their work that allowed us to get this plea,” she said. “Now he will be supervised for almost a decade.”

Alvarez also pleaded guilty to violating conditions of probation. He had been convicted of aggravated criminal mischief that occurred in 2010.

Also sentenced last week in Kennebec County Superior Court:

• Brandon Joseph Arnold, 21, of Chelsea, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and one of unlawful possession of scheduled drug Nov. 7-Dec. 7, 2013, in Augusta; four-year jail sentence, all but 30 days suspended, two years’ probation, $2,349.84 restitution, $600 in fines, 40 hours of community service.

• Loyd Broner Jr., 24, of Waterville, five counts of burglary of a motor vehicle and one count each of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and violating condition of release all Oct. 5, 2013, in Waterville; four-year jail sentence, all but 90 days suspended, two years probation, $935 restitution.

• Steven Churchill, 36, of Falmouth, operating after habitual offender revocation April 29, 2013, in Augusta; 45-day jail sentence, $750 fine, three-year license suspension.

• Mallory L. Cote, 24, of Gardiner, assault in Farmingdale Sept. 3, 2012, 365-day jail sentence, all but 90 days suspended, one year probation.

• David R. McCadney, 32, of Augusta, two counts of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2013; four-year jail sentence, all but nine months suspended, two years’ probation, $830 restitution, $800 in fines.

• Marci McCutcheon, 31, of Augusta, unlawful possession of scheduled drug Feb. 22, 2013, in Augusta; 364-day jail sentence all suspended, one-year probation, $400 fine.

• Timothy A. Nowlin, 31, of Waterville, domestic violence terrorizing March 30 in Waterville; five-month jail sentence.

• Marlin Traynum, 44, of Unity, aggravated furnishing of scheduled drug March 5, 2014, in Waterville; 30-month prison sentence, $400 fine.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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