A Colorado police officer in front of the bank in Vail which was robbed in March by two Byron Bay men who were on a working hol
A Colorado police officer in front of the bank in Vail which was robbed in March by two Byron Bay men who were on a working hol

Prison time for Colorado robbers

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL and AAP

BYRON Bay bandits Luke Carroll and Anthony Prince could spend up to five years sharing prison cells with hardened American criminals including killers and gangsters.

Prince, 20, has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison and Carroll, 19, five years for the hold up of a Vail, Colorado bank in March. They used a BB gun to rob the bank of $180,000 (AUSD).

The pair, who have been dubbed dumb and dumber as a result of the crime, have already endured six months at Denver's Jefferson County jail awaiting sentence.

With good behaviour and time served, Prince could be released in three years and four months and Carroll could be out in three years and nine months.

At their sentencing on Saturday, Carroll's mother, Angela, said her son now had a "fragile mind" and had sunk into a "deep state of depression".

For the next few weeks, officers from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) will analyse the two men, their pre-sentence reports and other documents to decide what prison they will be sent to.

Because of the violent nature of their robbery, they will likely first be sent to a medium or maximum security facility.

It could be any of the 115 federal prisons in the US.

It is also possible they might be split up and sent to separate prisons as they have no say.

"Everyone is classified individually," Carla Wilson, a spokesperson for the FBP said.

Once in jail, Carroll and Prince will be kept busy with eight hour work days from 8am to 4pm.

From about 6pm to 10pm they will be allowed to exercise or partake in leisure activities such as boardgames or watch TV.

Even if they score a small cell, they are not allowed their own TVs.

There is also the possibility they will serve some of their sentence in Australia.

"If we have a treaty agreement with Australia, then that is possible," Wilson said.



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