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August 28, 2012

Last of bank robbery suspects sentenced

Ada — The third suspect in last October’s robbery of Citizens Bank of Ada Cradduck branch pleaded no contest Tuesday to first-degree robbery and will serve a 15-year prison term.

Tristan David Williams, 21, a resident of McAlester and cousin to convicted robber David Jaquonne Cole — an accomplice in the robbery — was sentenced by District Judge Steven Kessigner. Five of the 15 years were suspended by the judge, so Williams will be looking at spending 8 1/2 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

After completing his prison term, Williams will be placed on five years probation, according to Pontotoc County Assistant District Attorney Jim Tillison.

In addition, Williams was ordered to pay $51,000 in restitution.

Williams, Cole and Megan Short, a bank employee, colluded to rob the branch on Oct. 21, 2011. Short was romantically involved with Cole and agreed to help him and Williams in the heist.

A total of $151,000 was taken, but much of the money was recovered at Short’s residence following a police search. Williams was on the lam for several days before turning himself over to McAlester authorities after he was identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Cole was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty in a Muskogee federal court in June. Short was given approximately three years in prison following a plea in federal court in July.

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