Columbus man sentenced to 17 years in prison for 2015 bank robbery

Columbus man sentenced to 17 years in prison for 2015 bank robbery

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A Columbus man accused of a 2015 bank robbery was sentenced on Tuesday.

Victor Butler, 59, of Columbus, was sentenced in the U.S. Middle District of Georgia to 17 years in prison for the Sept. 28, 2015, bank robbery of the SunTrust Bank, located at 2050 Auburn Ave. in Columbus.

Butler was captured on surveillance video obtaining nearly $2,000 in cash before fleeing. Butler told the bank teller that he would detonate a bomb he had in his backpack if she did not comply. He was not wearing anything to disguise his identity.

Following the release of the surveillance image by the Columbus Police Department, both Butler's pastor and probation officer identified him as the suspect, and he was arrested on Sept. 29, 2015, at his Booker Avenue home. When his backpack was located, no bomb was found.

Butler pled guilty to the bank robbery on Jan. 28, 2016

This is Butler's third conviction for robbing a federally insured or operated institution, with past convictions coming from a 2002 bank robbery and a 2006 post office robbery. In all three instances, Butler indicated that he had a bomb to ensure their compliance.

"For the past 15 years, this bandit has bullied his victims with the claim that he had a bomb in his backpack. With the lengthy and well-deserved sentence imposed today [Tuesday], he will not have the opportunity to repeat his depredations for a very long time, if ever," U.S. Attorney Pete Peterman said.

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