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September 28, 2012 | 04:27 PMELKHORN — A Genoa City man who robbed several banks in the area, including the PNC and Chase in Lake Geneva, was sentenced Friday afternoon to eight years in prison by Judge John Race.
Joshua M. Barrigar, 32, 40500 92nd St., also will spend 12 years on extended supervision.
Barrigar's defense attorney, Travis Schwantes, argued for a 30-year stayed and imposed prison sentence, which means Barrigar would only serve the sentence if he violated the term's of his probation.
However, Race said the case was too serious to consider probation, especially because Barrigar committed three separate bank robberies.
"These crimes are serial in nature. Maybe if there was only act it would be different. He had three separate times to turn away from his Crime," Race said.
To find out what else was said during the hearing see the Oct. 4, 2012, print edition of Lake Geneva Regional News.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Oct. 17, 2011, officers were called out to the PNC Bank on Broad Street.
At the bank, a man approached a teller wearing sunglasses, a hat and a surgical mask over his mouth.
The man demanded $4,000, with no bait money. The man told the teller that she was in no immediate danger, but she should wait until 4:30 p.m. to call the police, because he could detonate a bomb from his phone. The teller gave him $4,000.
On Feb. 10, 2012, police were called to investigate a robbery at Chase Bank, Lake Geneva, and spoke with the teller.
The man who approached the teller was wearing a blue jacket with the hood up, dark sunglasses, a black scarf around his face and gloves.
The man wearing the mask handed the teller a note. The teller gave the man money, but the robber didn't say anything or display a weapon.
After the robbery, police were canvassing the area and stopped a man matching the description of the robber on Townline Road at Curtis Street.
The man, wh was identified as Barrigar, was found carrying $2,000 in $100 bills.
When interviewed by police Barrigar, he admitted to robbing the Chase and PNC banks.