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Associated Press, Published March 13 2013

Utah man arrested in ND sentenced to about 9 years in robberies

POWELL, Wyo. — A Utah man who pleaded guilty to holding up banks in four states after being arrested in North Dakota has been sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison.

The Powell Tribune reported that Judge Scott Skavdahl sentenced 32-year-old Joshua Beckstead last week.

The judge also ordered Beckstead to pay back the more than $14,000 he stole from the banks in Wyoming, Montana, Oklahoma and Utah last May and June.

Beckstead was in jail in Utah for allegedly passing forged checks when a judge allowed him out on May 8 to go to the dentist. He never showed up or returned to jail. He started the robbery spree the following week by holding up a credit union in Ogden, Utah. He was arrested in Bismarck, N.D.

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