MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A federal judge sentenced a man convicted of robbing an ATM operator out of his purse to 17 years in prison in federal court Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Gene Pringle also sentenced Shoshone Turner, 33, to be placed on supervised release for two years.
This follows an 11-month trial that ended in July with a guilty verdict on six of 10 charges against Turner. An 11th charge was dropped during the trial. Turner previously pleaded guilty to robbing the employee outside a Birmingham convenience store in May 2017.
The judge’s three-judge panel found that Turner, who once lived with his mother and was a firearms instructor, knew he was committing a crime.
Turner was the getaway driver in a 2009 bank robbery in Mobile that was recorded by video surveillance. The Birmingham News reports he and another man robbed a bank outside Birmingham the next year.“I’m here because of the people that we see,” Turner said at the sentencing, according to AL.com. “We don’t deserve this, even if it was my own people.”
Several banks in southeast Alabama shut down after Turner’s robbery.
Court documents said authorities stopped Turner after he shot at an officer during a traffic stop in Birmingham the night of the robbery. He pleaded guilty to the shooting and is serving a 2½-year sentence at the Oklahoma Correctional Facility for drug and gun charges.
Turner’s attorney has asked for a sentence of probation, according to AL.com.