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Former Officer, Soldier Gets 8 Years Behind Bars for Robbing Bank

Minneapolis Star Tribune via YellowBrix

August 04, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS – A former Minneapolis police officer and military veteran who served in Iraq was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for robbing an Apple Valley bank.

U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz sentenced Timothy Edward Carson, 29, of Rosemount, to 96 months in prison on one count of armed bank robbery and one count of possessing a firearm for use during a violent crime. Carson was indicted Feb. 2 and pleaded guilty a month later.

After the sentencing, U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones said that “when police officers break the law, it shakes public confidence and trust in ways we cannot measure. Today’s sentence makes clear that no one is above the law.”


Timothy Carson

Minneapolis Police Chief Timothy Dolan added, “Officer Carson’s actions hurt many, including his victims, family and those of us who wear a badge. … I hope that Tim Carson can get the help he needs to become a productive citizen.”

Carson’s attorney, Andrea George, argued that at the time of the Jan. 6 robbery, Carson was under severe stress from financial problems, a deceptive wife, a sick child and nightmares about his military service in Iraq.

Carson suffers from diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder, George said. In one May 2004 mortar attack in Iraq, he risked his life and saved several others when he ran to give first aid to injured servicemen, according to a military award recommendation.

George said that Carson told a doctor that he had hoped to die in a confrontation with police, leaving his wife to collect $250,000 in life insurance.

In papers filed before Carson’s sentencing, George asked Schiltz to give her client the minimum seven years in prison and five years of supervision, saying that Carson was subjected to “vast and intricate fabrications” by his wife, who lied about having cancer.

  • 74596_129289523905506_927477597_n_max50


    about 4 years ago


    The look in his eyes...there's lots of sadness and pain behind them...too many of our soldiers are suffering in silence.

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Bump PSD_ Team_ Leader
    I'm sorry it got to this point.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Another bump for PSD_Team_Leader.

  • 45089_396847393722850_1055776862_n_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Unbelievable! Did I just read this right?! A solder and a cop?!!! I"m shaking my head....

  • Thinker_max50


    about 4 years ago


    While it may be unfortunate that he was under stress and had other problems, he still disgraced the badge and department he worked for as well as the military he served in. Many of us have the same or similar problems, but we do not arm ourselves and go rob banks. While he may deserve empathy, he does not deserve sympathy...

  • Kevlar_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Sad sad situation... Bump PSD_TEAM_LEADER

  • Motor_cop_comic_max160_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Too little help too late, sounds like... damn shame!

  • Images_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Wow, GL.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Another bump for PSD_Team_Leader! The whole situation is sad.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Bump PSD_Team_Leader.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Sad that no one looked out for him and he was apparantly "in crisis" problems can beat you down like Satan himself is out to get you. Combine that with PTSD from violent military service AND a wife who is the opposite of supportive....sad sad sad to see a combat Veteran and police officer reduced to this. Military members who have served in combat, keep in touch with those you served will need that support apparatus from time to time and it doesnt exist in LE.

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