MADISON (WAOW) – A 58-year-old Friendship man was sentenced to nine years in prison for robbing an Adams County bank at gunpoint last summer, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Randy Glenn Paulson was convicted of two felonies, including armed bank robbery, Assistant U.S. Attorney Grant Johnson said. He was sentenced Tuesday.
Paulson was charged with stealing about $21,400 from Grand Marsh State Bank in Grand Marsh on July 3, the criminal complaint said.
Paulson, wearing a mask, came into the bank through a back door, hollered "this is a robbery," had cash stuffed into a duffle bag and at one point pointed his weapon at an elderly woman's head, the complaint said. The robber demanded car keys from the woman and when she did not respond, a teller offered the keys to her car, which the robber took and fled.
When Paulson was tracked down eight days later in Illinois because of the cell phone he was using, police recovered about $15,000 of the stolen money, Johnson said Wednesday.
Paulson told U.S. District Judge William Conley he was sorry, saying he was confused, under a lot of pressure, had debts and “this was the way he went to take care of the problem,” the prosecutor said.