TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa bank robber had gotten an “unprecedented” plea deal according to police, the district attorney’s office saying it happened by mistake.
Daniel Rosson robbed the City National Bank inside the Walmart near 111th and Memorial in April.
Authorities originally charged Rosson with first-degree robbery by force or fear because he didn’t use a gun. His charge was reduced to second-degree robbery in the plea deal -- earning a four-year deferred sentence.
FOX23 reported in April that Rosson said he had taken the money as he needed to pay rent during the pandemic, saying he couldn’t collect unemployment quickly enough. He had no criminal past.
The Tulsa County District Attorney’s office admitted the outcome was a mistake:
However, Rosson is back in custody Tuesday after federal prosecutors indicted him in the case.
Police arrested him on August 18 after the charges were filed.
Police say both state and federal prosecutors can pursue charges in any given case where statutes in their specific jurisdictions have been broken.
It is not double jeopardy because they are two different jurisdictions. The state addresses laws involving the city or state, while federal courts decide cases against the United States. Bank robbery can be a state or a federal crime.
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