Tulsa bank robber arrested again despite initial ‘unprecedented’ plea deal

Accused Bank robber could walk away with just probation

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.

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July 29, 2020 - Daniel Rosson robbed the City National Bank inside the Walmart near 111th and Memorial in April.
July 29, 2020 - Daniel Rosson robbed the City National Bank inside the Walmart near 111th and Memorial in April. (Tulsa County Jail)

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:

“A robber should not be given probation regardless of the circumstances of the case. That happened on this case. It was an oversight. We accept responsibility for it and understand that the public safety issues involved in these cases are important. It should have never happened. The plea deal cannot be changed. A deferred sentence is a probation sentence, meaning he will serve no time behind bars, and if he complies with his probation his record will be wiped clean.”
Tulsa County District Attorney's office

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.

If convicted, Rosson although given a deferred sentence in state court, could do prison time in federal court.