GUILTY PLEA: Byron Bay teenager Anthony Prince appeared in a US court yesterday and pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Colorad
GUILTY PLEA: Byron Bay teenager Anthony Prince appeared in a US court yesterday and pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Colorad

Dumb and Dumber? teen faces 25 years



DENVER, Colorado (AAP). ? Teenage bank robber Anthony Prince gave his parents a loving wink and smile before pleading guilty to a crime that could land him in a US prison for 25 years.

Prince, a New Zealand passport holder from Byron Bay, is now at the mercy of US District Court judge Phillip Figa, who will decide his fate.

If the 19-year-old snowboarder's gamble fails, he could be locked up until he is a middle-aged man.

When Judge Figa asked the tall, thin teenager if he realised his guilty plea could lead to a 25year sentence, Prince quietly replied: "Yes, your honour."

He was arrested along with Australian friend, Luke Carroll, at Denver international airport after the pair robbed a bank of $US132,000 ($A171,500) in the Colorado ski resort village of Vail on March 21.

A string of bungles by the duo, such as wearing name tags and taking photos in a McDonald's toilet with their loot, led to the media branding them with the nicknames 'Dumb and Dumber'.

Prince entered court yesterday dressed in a yellow prison-issue jumpsuit with big black letters JCSO on his back, representing the Jefferson County jail he is being housed in with Carroll.

He was also handcuffed and closely watched by authorities.

Prince's nervous parents, Peter and Jennifer, sat in the front row dressed in black suits.

When Prince popped his head through the door he smiled and winked at them.

Judge Figa asked Prince a long list of questions during the 25minute court appearance.

"Do you understand the charge you are pleading to is a felony and may affect your ability to stay in this country?" Judge Figa asked.

"Unfortunately, yes," Prince answered.

On the way out, with handcuffs again strapped to his wrists, he took one last look.

He blew a kiss and then, looking at his parents, he mouthed: "I love you".

Prince will be sentenced on September 8. Carroll is scheduled to enter his guilty plea next Wednesday.



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