Byron teen expected to plead guilty on US raid

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL and AAP

BYRON Bay teenager Anthony Prince is expected to plead guilty to robbing a US bank when he appears in a Colorado district court today.

His childhood friend and co-accused, Luke Carroll, of Byron Bay, will begin his trial next Wednesday and is also expected to plead guilty.

The 19-year-olds were arrested at Denver International Airport on March 22 while passing through a security checkpoint.

The pair, who have been labelled 'dumb and dumber' by the metropolitan media, were charged with robbing a WestStar Bank in Vail, Colorado, of $A173,500.

Their arrests came a day after two men wearing ski masks and brandishing pellet guns held up the bank at a ski resort, about 160 kilometres west of Denver.

No-one was injured during the robbery, but tellers said the two had Australian accents and wore badges similar to ones worn by the staff at a sports store where Carroll and Prince worked.

The day after the robbery, Carroll and Prince tried to buy one-way tickets to Mexico.

Police found $A34,000 in a backpack in a rubbish bin in an airport parking garage.

According to an affidavit, Carroll was carrying about $A10,000 when he was arrested and told police more cash was in his luggage.

The teens are facing up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Carroll's lawyer, Dan Smith, said they may ask to be transferred to an Australian prison.



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