A 53-year-old man who robbed the San Mateo Credit Union in East Palo Alto received a 13-year prison sentence on Tuesday, July 8.
Lantz Lavelle Jackson of East Palo Alto entered the credit union branch office on Jan. 13, 2014, and presented the teller with a note demanding "20s, 50s and 100s and no die (sic) pack, and nobody gets hurt." The teller gave Jackson $676, and the robber fled, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
Bank surveillance showed a man wearing a hat, sunglasses and a jacket. Eight days later Jackson was spotted wearing a hat and jacket matching the ones on the video. The teller and three witnesses identified Jackson in lineups but he denied any involvement in the robbery, according to the DA.
San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Jonathan Karesh sentenced Jackson to 13 years in state prison with 193 days credit for time served and $370 dollars in fines. Jackson also pleaded no contest to charges in another case, for felony possession of narcotics. He received four years in prison for that crime to be served concurrently with the robbery sentence.
Jackson had originally pleaded not guilty. On June 10, he changed his mind and wanted to take a previously offered plea bargain when the judge called for a jury panel. Prosecutors and the court advised him that the offer was no longer available. Jackson then pleaded no contest to all charges, including felony bank robbery with serious felony allegations and a prior "strike."