As of Tuesday, December 16, 2014
COEUR D’ALENE – A Florida man is set for sentencing in federal court next spring on charges related to a series of bank robberies that culminated in the US Bank caper last May.
At a Dec. 9 hearing in U.S. District Court, Ricky Allen Fisher, 35, of Orlando, pleaded guilty to bank robbery before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge in Coeur d’Alene. Fisher will be sentenced on March 3, 2015.
In 2007, Fisher was sentenced to 77 months in prison for bank robbery. In his plea, Fisher admitted after his release from federal prison in Florida on May 6, 2014, he took a bus to Boise, and on arriving May 9 he traveled to Ontario, Ore., where he robbed a Chase Bank of $1,600. Five days later he entered U.S. Bank in Ontario, demanded cash and left with $1,334. On May 16, Fisher robbed the U.S. Bank in Cottonwood and took $2,324.
Fisher was driven to each bank by Jennifer L. Balfe, 19, of Meridian, who previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Nov. 20, to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
Bank robbery is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, three years supervised release and up to a $250,000 fine. Fisher has also been ordered to pay restitution to each of the banks.
The case was investigated by the Cottonwood and Lewiston police departments, Idaho County and Nez Perce County sheriff’s offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).