Career Offender Bank Robber Sentenced to 136 Months' Imprisonment in Addition to State Sentences Defendant Served Prison Time for Numerous Prior State Robbery Convictions
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 02, 2009|
PORTLAND, OR—Mitchell Sean Cooley, 51, Canby, Oregon, was sentenced on November 2, 2008, by United States District Judge Ancer L. Haggery to serve 136 months in federal prison for bank robbery consecutive to Cooley’s other sentences previously imposed in Clackamas County Court and for a state of Oregon parole violation. Cooley was also ordered to serve a federal supervised release term of three years following his release from prison. Cooley’s extensive criminal history includes twenty-one prior state convictions for robbery. Defendant pled guilty to one count of bank robbery on July 14, 2009.
On July 3, 2008, at about 3:00 p.m., Cooley entered the Sterling Savings bank located at 14638 SE Sunnyside Road in Portland and demanded money from two bank employees. When the bank employees asked Cooley if he was serious, Cooley lifted up his sweatshirt to expose what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband. The bank employees complied with Cooley’s demands and provided him with $3,182.00, which Cooley placed in a plastic bag. Cooley fled the bank in a green pickup and was spotted by law enforcement shortly thereafter. Cooley then led police on a high-speed chase resulting in Cooley driving on Interstate 205 though heavy holiday traffic. While on Interstate 205, Cooley threw a bag out of his truck from which police recovered the stolen bank money and an air pistol. Law enforcement arrested Cooley after he crashed his truck into other vehicles on Interstate 205 during the high-speed chase.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation along with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office successfully investigated the case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Fred W. Slaughter.