US won?t appeal jail sentences



LOS ANGELES (AAP) ? Byron Bay's jailed US bank robbers Luke Carroll and Anthony Prince will avoid extra prison time.

The US Justice Department announced yesterday it would not appeal against the jail sentences handed out last month by a Colorado judge to the bumbling, headline-grabbing duo.

Carroll, 19, was sentenced to five years in a US federal prison.

Prince, 20, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail.

"The government did not file a notice of intent to appeal," US Department of Justice spokesman Jeff Dorschner said yesterday.

"The time the government had an opportunity to file that notice has expired, therefore no appeal will be pursued."

Carroll and Prince were on a working holiday in Vail when they decided to rob the picturesque Colorado ski village's WestStar Bank.

The violent March 23 hold-up, in which a female teller was pushed to the ground by Carroll, injuring one of her arms, netted the duo $US132,000 ($A173,433.19).

Carroll and Prince armed themselves with guns that looked like deadly pistols and made numerous blunders during the hold-up, leading to the 'Dumb and Dumber' nickname.

The mistakes included wearing name tags during the robbery and failing to disguise their Australian accents.

They pleaded guilty soon after their arrest.



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