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Published August 12, 2011, 02:41 PM

Man Found Guilty in Gilby, ND, Bank Robbery

A Grand Forks man accused in a May 2009 Gilby, ND, bank robbery was found guilty by a twelve-person jury Thursday.

By: WDAZ Staff Report,

A Grand Forks man accused in a May 2009 Gilby, ND, bank robbery was found guilty by a twelve-person jury Thursday.

Clifton M. Patterson was found guilty of aiding and abetting the use and carrying of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Patterson earlier plead guilty to a related bank robbery charge.

On May 26, 2009, Patterson, along with William Randall Collins, entered the Bremer Bank in Gilby. Patterson pulled out a black handgun and told the teller to "Get down on the ground, get down on your stomach," according to a release issued by U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon.

Patterson then told the teller to "cover your head with your hands and don't look."

Patterson left the firearm in the bank and investigators later found it was a Daisy CO2 pistol. Collins brandished a Mossberg, Model 88, 12-gauge sawed off shotgun during the robbery.

Patterson took a black plastic trash bag from a trash can outside the walk-in safe and filled it with cash from the vault. He also emptied the teller drawer of money.

After grabbing a land line telephone and ripping the cord from the wall, Patterson ordered the teller to place her hands behind her back and to not look up at him, according to the release.

The teller was then handcuffed. Authorities said the two took more than $50,000 from the bank.

Collins, of Nashville, TN, was charged with robbery by force, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a firearm in a violent crime. He was sentenced to 26 years in prison and has to pay $90,000 in restitution.

Debra Jensen, 48, was found guilty of supplying the shotgun and was sentenced to three years probation.

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