PITTSBURGH — A bank robber dubbed the ‘‘Bucket List Bandit’’ after allegedly telling a Utah teller he had just four months to live was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in federal prison for a string of heists spanning 10 states.
Michael Eugene Brewster’s public defender told the federal judge who handed down the sentence that a medical evaluation found his client didn’t have cancer or any other terminal illness.
Brewster’s case made headlines after the Standard-Examiner of Ogden, Utah, gave Brewster the nickname because of the comment he reportedly made to a Wells Fargo Bank teller during a
July 6, 2012, robbery in Roy. The FBI used the nickname to publicize subsequent robberies until they learned Brewster’s real identity.
‘‘The impetus for the crimes was greed, not grief,’’ US District Judge Sean McLaughlin told Brewster. His lawyer, Thomas Patton, declined to comment.
Brewster’s sentence works out to a year for each of the 11 bank heists he committed across the country last year, though under federal sentencing guidelines, he might have received as little as 6½ years. Those guidelines, which take into account a person’s criminal history and the seriousness of the crime, were increased because of the number of banks Brewster robbed, resulting in the longer sentence.
Brewster, 54, formerly of Pensacola, Fla., was sentenced in Erie, where his nationwide robbery string ended Sept. 10.
It began June 21, 2012, in Arvada, Colo.