Archer man, 76, gets 30 years in robbery


Published: Friday, January 21, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 9:55 p.m.
A 72-year-old Archer man who claimed he robbed a Gainesville bank last year to pay for his wife's medical bills but later changed his story has been ordered to serve a 30-year federal prison sentence.
James Roland Clark was sentenced at the federal courthouse in Gainesville Wednesday for the Feb. 10, 2004, robbery at the Compass Bank, 2201 NW 43rd St., court records show.
Police said Clark, who wore a Halloween mask and used a fake bomb during the robbery, told them he was trying to raise cash to pay for his 66-year-old wife's medical bills. The pair were headed to a 10 a.m. doctor's appointment after the 9:30 a.m. robbery, officers said he told them.
According to testimony at Clark's trial last year, however, he claimed to have been duped into committing the robbery by a man he identified as his wife's boyfriend and that he suffered from dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Jurors listened to the testimony but found Clark guilty.
Clark, police said, had a prior criminal history including charges of bank robbery, mail fraud and conspiracy to grow and distribute marijuana and had been sentenced in 1992 to 12 years in a federal prison on bank robbery charges.
Lise Fisher can be reached at (352) 374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com.

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